I signed up to Comment is Free as Bitethehand, according to my profile on 26 Dec 2005 but my first recorded post is on 25 April 2006. Must have been interrupted somewhere. Since then I have posted regularly from China and England, where I have lived and travelled in more or less equal measure. I continue to post on CiF, albeit under different names.
In the early days of CiF the site was so unreliable that posts would too often disappear into the proverbial ether. I and some other posters resolved this issue by composing in Notepad before pasting, and in my case saving the posts as an on-going record. Some felt this was underhand and said so; some couldn’t believe I had done this and accused me of having access to The Guardian’s servers; some accused me of being a moderator, and an Above the Line writer, neither of which I’ve been. Here’s one of CiF’s former posters, HankScorpio writing on the Untrusted
BiteTheHand is the most obvious example, a lickspittle with too much time on his hands and a direct line, via telescreen, to Matt O’Brien.
And given that BTH and Matt are such good friends, and that BTH’s objet d’amour, ultima, seems to be immune from moderation, it seems eminently sensible to have a blog which isn’t open to scum who wish to close down free speech from those who see them as bigots, zealots and/or idiots.
CiF is an adversarial environment and it wasn’t long before the historical record became useful in showing that views a poster had previously posted, were no longer held. The annoyance this generated was exacerbated by the tendency of cliques and alliances between posters to develop, who quite understandably sought to defend their virtual friends. It wasn’t long before such posters started to object to having their own inconsistencies and even hypocrisy exposed before them and in the extreme this prompted them to demand the banning of posters like me.
Because I post what scherfig describes as inconvenient and uncomfortable opinions , although I think that at best I dabble in a little satire from time to time, my detractors are left to resort to abuse, foul language, accusations of stalking, paedophilia, bullying and violence.
In the absence of evidence, they resort to abuse.
Posts and Comments
When I first set up this site I didn’t intend it to be anything other than a personal account of my time of CiF and the Untrusted. However I was persuaded to open up a comment thread and from time to time people who’ve had a similar experience with members of the Untrusted clique visit and post.
I have no objection to any abuse people wish to post about me – there’s enough recorded here. But if they think they can come here and abuse visitors, they’re living in a dream world. One such deluded soul goes by the name of Master of Rhyme, (MOR) almost certainly a current or past Untrusted poster whose mission in life seems to be to act as BeautifulBurnout’s swain and gofer. MOR posted abusive doggerel about various posters here for six weeks or so until I changed his insults into compliments or neutral statements. He got the message and left.