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  •  One of the worst imho (11+ / 0-)

    comes under the Hijackus tangentialus species. The deflectimous runoffimous. These commenter's are often illogical and their sole purpose is to cast dispersions on the dairies topic and character and to paint anyone in the comments who does agree and is interested in discussing the topic as guilty of  bad intent. They often do not pick the main premise of the dairy to attack but instead equate agreement with being or supporting what you are not at all.  

    For example they will say if you believe A you are then supporting B. B being the worst thing, person or consequence they can dig up that is tangentially hooked to the subject. Their intent is to both drive the diarist off and derail the comments so that those participating are guilty of endorsing whatever they have used to debunk the dairy.  The comment thread become people fending off attacks that are totally illogical as well indefensible.

    This not only deflects the topic but often totally breaks down the comment section and runs people off no one has any interest in defending a position they don't have.            

    •  I agree, shaharazade (10+ / 0-)

      and even people who disagree - vocally - but stay on topic warrant more respect than thread hijackers whose only aim is to poison your diary thread and drive off those seeking meaningful discourse.

      I haven't had too much problem with these folks in my diaries, perhaps because neither I nor my commenters are willing to engage in a battle of wits with someone who's unarmed, but I have seen some threads left in smoldering ruins by toxic interactions initiated by hijackers.

      Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:43:42 AM PDT

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      •  The sad part of this (8+ / 0-)

        is it drives off many diarist's who whether you agree with them or not, are really good authors and usually write dairies that a lot people want to read. I don't really dairy but I find it frustrating not to be able to read or comment on dairies written from a POV or about subjects that draws this pest.

        Thanks for this excellent meta. You suggestions for dealing with commentators is helpful not only to diarist's but to those who comment. I cringed at some categories as I have probably at one time or another been in all of them. This will help me not only deal with the comments that are on the offensive but hopefully make me more aware of my own transgressions in someones dairy..    

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