The original posting and early comments can be found here . If you copy it and paste it onto a text document the comments become clear.
More heated action, apparently, began on Saturday afternoon and continued for 24 hours but the posting was withdrawn before these remarks could be indexed by the search engines.
Here are some excerpts from Friday night.
Title: you are an idiot (later changed to 42) by Julia Stone:
I was asked to be a part of this "comment club" and it sounded like a reasonably good idea. That is before I saw the mob rule mentality of it all.
I think that this forum is full of different ideas and opinions, which is exactly what I like about it. I was hoping that Animal would perhaps realize today that he is wrong, that his methods are inflammatory and personal and are designed to kill open communication.
One person can make a difference. I choose to foster open communication. The problem is that often the loudest person in the room rarely has the most interesting things to say. Usually I would include myself in that group. I am loud, opinionated, and while I like to think I am funny, I realize I can be offensive in the process. So that makes it even harder for me to say this.
You need to change your club from the comment club to the "Gotcha Gang".
You say you are not a thought leader, you are right.
*You are an idiot.*
But one idiot can make all the difference.
/I realize some may think this is a fairly harsh discussion. Given the obtuse nature of Recruiting Animal, I felt it was important to not mince words or they might get lost in the subtlety. My apologies if I have offended you./
KarenM / Hirecentrix.com:
hear hear! I applaud your comments here and My hat is off to you regarding your full scope of honesty -- but, let's not forget to address the other members of the "post mafia squad" as someone else so eloquently put it.. hey, they are just as equally culpable that Recruiting Animal was so graceful to mention for us here -- Quoted ""Look who the members are! Lisa Rokusek. Sandra McCartt (the fruitcake lady I believe), Maureen Sharib, Steve Levy! These people are a bunch of loose cannons. And if you think I can control them, you're nuts". http://twurl.nl/ttcwtj
It really begs to question what IS the hidden agenda here? I have seen their /*Gang Bang*/ responses on other sites, and they were in my opinion are quite disingenuous. Especially considering the following quote -
"When we see a blog posting that's just begging to be criticized we send a message (like ants) to the other members of the team. And they all descend on it at the same time and start discussing it back and forth until all of the errors are exposed and corrected."
/I challenge that any One of these "members" even read any of the posts that they challenged, or actually even respectfully agreed or disagreed with the orginal "basher"/
Personally, I am pretty offended at the "comment club" as to me, it appears to be a Full Blown Scenario of Emperor's New Clothes
---As one who has had a continual contrarian belief from many of the "ants" and "gangs" for several years, and have actually been censored, threatened, maligned, and Harassed, of which some of the
"hit squad" are directly and indirectly aware and responsible of/for.. - so, I speak from not only a NON Paranoid perspective (interesting label too by the way), but from one who has had to face the challenges of not always being willing to Flow with the non/self proclaimed thought leaders/"gurus".
Yeah, another way to stifle and scare individuals from speaking their thoughts, or having an opinion - and to disallow open, innovative, and free conversation.. actually it appears more like an opportunity to adversely squat on someone and utilizing ones' alliances to help create a perception that it is all good.. - so much for the freedom of speech in America..
Hmm.. Yes, as I said, Emperors New Clothes so comes to mind in all of this.... there will be many who will "agree" for the sake of agreeing, but..../*
Would be interesting to see how each of these individuals react for themselves by themselves.. ah, but they always end up turning on each other, whilst they all try to maintain the position of Emperor!
From the ACLU - /Speech codes are not the way to go on networks, where all views are entitled to be heard, explored, supported or refuted. Besides, when hate is out in the open, people can see the
problem. Then they can organize effectively to counter bad attitudes, possibly change them, and forge solidarity against the forces of intolerance./
Yeah, even fox news thinks that they are "fair and balanced" and w/o any agendas
Where your privacy is Not only Expected But Respected
Could someone explain to me what it is I have don that makes me "culpable"? Good Lord!
I think "Animal" is an idiot too, but i think he's a fun idiot who stirs up some crazy, fun stuff.
When Animal acts like an idiot, it's usually for fun and mischief. He likes to test the bounds of the social networking experiment.
What I find much worse are sanctimonious, verbose, righteous, misguided idiots who have no idea how idiotic they are.
KarenM / Hirecentrix.com
*The Columbine Pledge of Respect*
I will pledge to be part of the solution
I will eliminate taunting and harassment from my own behavior
I will encourage others to do the same
I will not let my words or actions hurt others
And even if others won’t become part of the solution, I WILL!
Does ANYONE Remember this?
I am still not tracking where Animal has incited "mob mentality".
Perhaps naming the group "the Bad Guys" was silly and juvenile, but
as you say that is his schtick. Call him out on his schtick, then.
Don't call out the act of calling for comments. Calling for comments
Animal wanted to bird dog posts that were full of hot air or
controversial opinions, or differing views, and people could comment
if they wanted. Folks were free to agree or disagree.
I work to try to be respectful, kind, and compassionate in my
posting. Sometimes I add some snark, sometimes I am over the top,
but never do I carry a pitchfork. I think for myself, am not easily
manipulated and see the world in varying shades of gray. I don't
have truth in my back pocket. However I do react somewhat strongly
to those that think they do.
Julia Stone spoiled my plans for world domination.
Here I was marshalling the forces I needed to bring the free world
under my control. And I was this close to succeeding. But since
Julia put up this posting, my phone has been ringing off the hook as
the erstwhile members of my once notorious gang beg me to let them go.
-- Why? I said.
-- Look, Animal, one man wept. I can handle Jim from Medex. I didn't
even read what he said. Josh Letourneau, he's a big teddy-bear. And,
Maren Hogan, she's just a girl having a hissy-fit. But Julia Stone,
she's got Animal Derangement Syndrome and I find her really scary.
If I stick with you, I won't be able to go to Recruitfest if she's
-- Why not? I said.
-- I'm afraid! Don't you get it? She's ready to go postal.
-- No, she isn't, I said. Julia's funny. She has a good sense of humour.
-- You know, Animal, he said to me. If you've got one fault it's
your optimism. You're not an American. We have guns here. And we
know enough to keep our distance when someone starts acting a little
-- Weird is funny, I said.
-- That's Canadian weird. Trust me, you don't know. I'm sorry,
Animal, I'm out.
Julia, you Party poop. My little band of recruiters was ready to be
the vanguard of a mass movement of Animal-controlled commenters.
But, now, it's possible that you've foiled my plans. You know how to
intimidate Americans. But, if necessary, I'll come back with a whole
new generation of recruiting commenters who aren't afraid of crazy
people. And, then, we'll see what happens.
I'm just pissed because nobody calls me an idiot. Animal gets all the attention around here, but I'm just as stupid and offensive !
Of course, none of us can compare to the absolute god of provocation; need I even type his name ? He said if I spammed I would get the negative attention I used to enjoy in high school, but so far, no good.....