Thanks to John Davison for tipping me off that they’re talking about me on the Panda’s Thumb “After The Bar Closes” forum.
I just took a quick peek as the rambling of imbeciles doesn’t hold much interest for me but I did notice a lot of complaining about my moderation policies.
This is REALLY rich in that I had to use my old US Robotics Sportster 56K analog modem to read the forum there. Why couldn’t I use my regular RoadRunner broadband cable modem to read it? Glad you asked. My cable modem has a fixed (invariant) IP address that identifies my computer on the internet. The old dial-up modem has a dynamic (varying) IP address that changes every time it dials the phone number to my internet service provider. Anyone that wants to block my computer’s access to their website by IP address is frustrated by the dynamic IP address.
Not only have they banned me from commenting at “After The Bar Closes” but they banned my IP address from even READING the forum. Yes Virginia, you heard right. These paranoid censoring fascists don’t even want me to read what they’re saying no less reply to it. They make my moderation policy look like a paragon of tolerance in comparison.
And please, someone do me a favor if you’re allowed to comment there and ask them why they don’t want me even *reading* it.
Update on moderation policy. I just emailed this to “watchmaker” so I might as well cut & paste it here.
I’m not at all interested in providing a safe haven for ID critics. I’m interested in providing one for ID proponents, particularly those largely in agreement with Dembski and Behe. If you want to criticize ID go to Panda’s Thumb, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Pharyngula, Stranger Fruit, Abnormal Interests, Antievolution.org, or any number of other sites friendly to you. I realize you’ll be just another small voice in a big crowd of ID critics there but that’s not my problem.
Update for Inoculated Mind
It takes about 10 seconds (the time it takes to dial and connect) to switch from cable modem to dial-up. Windows lets you have two modems at once. Cable modem is used whenever the dial-up isn’t connected to an ISP. If the cable modem fails Windows will automatically try to establish a dial-up connection. Whoever architected that at Microsoft did a great job. You don’t even have to close any browser windows. The transition from one modem to the other and back again is seamless. Of course if I wanted I could get around the block using an anonymous proxy server but this way I have a back-up method of connecting the to internet if my cable modem goes offline. I already had the dial-up modem installed before I discovered the blockade at After The Bar Closes too. TTFN.