I’ve noticed lately on my favourite feminist blogs that several thread hijackers are using a relatively new technique.
Because most if not all femiblogs (on platforms which allow it) have enabled the option to always moderate first-time posters, these people’s first post will be a polite disagreement which gets approved. Then, waiting until a time in which it’s likely that the site-owners are asleep, they will post a series of escalatingly hostile comments which usually end up getting them the flame war that they’re looking for, or at least end up hijacking the thread totally off-topic, making it all about them.
The latest example of this would be Alec Leamas, who has been around under that ‘nym for a while but who also totally hijacked a thread at Feministe lately using the name Tony Palmyra. He probably uses other ‘nyms as well, and he’s not the only one.
So, who would be interested in having a private forum where we could share details of ‘nyms, e-addys, IP numbers etc of these timewasting threadjackers so that they can just pre-emptively be added to people’s permanent moderation lists?