Monday, June 11, 2007

Opinions

This post will most likely interest very few people and may confuse some. If that's the case, I apologise, the normal shit will be here tomorrow. This, however, is something that needs saying.

There are many knitters out there in the internet community, and it is inevitable that not everyone will get on. It is also inevitable that there will be squabbles, petty little arguments and differences of opinions. All this is the way of the world and I'm sure we all accept it as such. What is not acceptable is that an individual is jumped on for expressing their opinion. It is not acceptable to call people disgraceful and offensive names behind their backs where they will never see it. It is not acceptable to publicly try and humiliate others. It is not acceptable to threaten others and attempt to intimidate them.

I sincerely hope that nobody reading this has the least clue what I am talking about. If you do understand because you have suffered this type of attack recently then you have my support and my sympathy. If you know that this is the kind of behaviour that you have been engaging in then I hope you take a long hard look at yourself and seriously debate why you bother to engage with the knitting community if that is how you wish to treat others within it.

This is my blog and I will always state my honest opinions on it. These will never be personal unsubstantiated attacks and all readers are welcome to leave comments, no matter if they disagree with me. I will not, however, be cowed into only posting nicey nicey crap as I do believe that it is important to be able to post freely and without fear of the knitting mafia.

Rant over.

56 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be so wonderful to sit in your little world passing out opinions.
Truth?
Isn't donkey monkey the original for place for 'disgraceful and offensive names behind their backs where they will never see it'?
Bitter and twisted, that's the truth

7:48 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

Touch a raw nerve there 'anonymous'?

7:50 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

Like I said, all comments welcome - the anonymity speaks volumes. BRING IT ON!!!

7:56 pm  
Anonymous Groove said...

OMG SO TRUEZ!!!! LOL!!! Right on Badger!! ROFL!!!!

8:26 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

And to be fair, I think that really Donkey! Monkey! is the original place for disgraceful and offensive behaviour in general. It's what makes it so special.

8:32 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

Donkey! Monkey is honest about its offensive nature. We aren't nice to people's faces and then bitch behind their backs, we insult you to your face too :)

8:37 pm  
Anonymous Groove said...

yeah! In private we say nice things about people.

8:42 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

It's more fun that way.

8:42 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

I think it's important to insult people behind their backs. You have to rehearse these things before you go for the main performance. It would be awful if you stuttered or called them a blue bottom balloon. Only by insulting a person behind their back can you truly perfect your art.

8:47 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

They'd be really upset if you didn't make a good job of it, after all.

8:48 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

Well yes, but the overall intention is that you will eventually insult them to their face. Simply bitching without any intention of confrontation is a waste of good old fashioned offensive and disgraceful behaviour

8:49 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

Well exactly. No one likes being insulted by an amateur. It demeans you both. If an insult's worth giving it's worth giving well.

Is it more offensive to be on the receiving end of a world class nasty name or to get a throw away 'Fart off bumpy bum?' that was clearly given very little thought or consideration. I like to think that my behaviour warrants far better insults than that.

8:50 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

Oh, it does, it does. :)

8:51 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

Donkey! Monkey! Built by bastards and driven by drunks.

8:55 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

And we cut the brake lines ourselves, just so we could get whacked-out on the hydraulic fluids. Yay us.

8:56 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

Donkey! Monkey! ate my hamster!

9:03 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

But it was the hamster that kept it running!

9:07 pm  
Anonymous Idoru said...

I read this blog regularly although I'm rarely moved to comment. But I feel this deserves one.

The internet should be a place of free speech, and forums should encourage this. The kind of back stabbing and sniping that appears to be going on behind the scenes is disgusting.

1:35 pm  
Anonymous Groove said...

*posts about idoru in secret section*

2:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The internet should be a place of free speech, and forums should encourage this. The kind of back stabbing and sniping that appears to be going on behind the scenes is disgusting"

Is that why D!M! is a closed forum then? Because it's so open, honest and full of free speech? Isn't the fact that it was infiltrated last year by people who had seen the obscene bitching going on in there the reason it closed? And wasn't it all bitching about the very people you are now trying to befriend?

I also heard DM banned people for expressing their opinion that picking on someone who had just had a baby was just plain mean. Hypocrisy? Surely not, that sounds just like free speech to me.

6:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

idoru - you are full of shit.
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6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I heard that they banned someone because their father had died and they didn't want to listen to then whine about it.

6:38 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

Anonymous is coming across as pretty well grounded. Really putting her point across in a rational way. Kudos.

6:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that they banned everyone because their shoes were too tight.

6:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I heard they banned YOUR MUM!!!

6:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard she asked for her account to be deleted.

6:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that sometimes, when the wind is blowing in the right direction, you can heard the ghost of Barry White singing on the breeze.

6:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry White shagged your mum!

6:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry White IS your Mum!

6:55 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

This is hilarious. I can practically hear anonymous frothing at the mouth! Must be a Daily Mail reader.

We only ever ban people for fun. Or out of boredom. Or because we're hungry. And at least we're not anal enough to make a list of people we're going to ban, and then add their friends and family to the list just on the off-chance. That'd be really silly, and sorely lacking in comedy value.

Not, of course, as anal as remembering to take copies of all the bad things that people have said. Before being banned for mentioning that perhaps these were bad things to say. But we always did have a bottom fixation. And it's nice to be able to prove things rather than making ridiculous and baseless accusations...

6:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that they banned someone for being too fat!

6:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IN YOUR FACE ANONYMOUS!

6:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that they thought it was two people

7:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Anonymous and so is my wife!

7:00 pm  
Anonymous Groove said...

Where was I when all this banning was going on? Either I missed all the fun, or it just goes to show you can't believe everything you read on the internet.

7:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't believe everything this Anonymous says. They sound like they've been drinking.

7:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or - they banned you Groove. I heard you were on the D!M! ban list. Top of the list in fact.

7:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This anonymous might be drunk.

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Groove said...

It's because I know anonymous isn't it :(

7:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous is your mum.

I am Iron Man!

7:07 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

We have a list? Why didn't anyone tell me? It'd make the bannings much easier to organise.

7:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. This is how it went as I recall.

Not teh winz0rs list!!!!11!11!!1!eleven!!1

1. Groove.

7:11 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

We do have a list. It's the member list. I'm just working through it alphabetically. I reckon I can have the whole place cleared out by Christmas so we can sell the site to Tesco.

7:12 pm  
Anonymous Groove said...

ok. When you ban me, will you remember to delete my moderators account?

7:14 pm  
Anonymous Super Monkey said...

I banned you when you were over here posting.

7:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anonymous posts in the forest and there's no one there to read it is anonymous still seriously unhinged?

7:24 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

I got banned from somewhere and they won't even tell me why. I didn't even post anything. Meanies. I always played nicely there.

7:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you were second on the ban list.

8:44 pm  
Anonymous Devious said...

Second to Groove. The shame. :(

9:00 pm  
Anonymous Idoru said...

"idoru, you are full of shit"

Classy...

8:46 am  
Blogger Fiona said...

Just read Badger's post. Couldn't agree more.

5:20 pm  
Blogger Jo said...

Did I miss something?

7:54 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

The reason that the last few comments are being deleted, anonymous, is because you're referring to something very different. I have no wish to get into a slanging match, particularly not someone who hides behind 'anonymous'.

Yes, I am a foul mouthed nasty cow when people fuck me off. Therefore, if even i am disgusted by what I read, then doesn't that tell you something about just how nasty this shit was? Either fuck off or get a set of bollocks and come out from behind your 'anonymous' tag.

7:06 pm  
Blogger Kendra said...

I don't know what has happened but I hope no one has upset you Badger, as I really love reading your blog.

3:31 pm  
Blogger Webbo said...

Did you see the Yarn Harlot today? Her post made me think of you, and hope that whatever this was about has all blown over; I won't stand for any badger-baiting.

9:32 pm  
Anonymous pie princess said...

I'm a bit behind on all this. Looks like I've missed out on lots of fun!

Am I banned? My dad is dead and I had a baby recently?!

4:30 pm  

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