Don't Feed The Trolls
Unless LISNews is the only place you get any form of news you probably read about This Plan by a State Rep. in KY. You probably read bloggers up in arms over the plan, you probably read about how clueless he is, and maybe you even read a few jokes about Kentucky. So if you actually read that first article in the Kentucky Herald-Leader you should've noticed this:
Couch readily acknowledged on Wednesday that his bill raises First Amendment issues regarding free speech, so he won't be pushing it. But he wanted to call attention to the phenomenon of unkind and often untrue comments about people being posted online by Kentuckians hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.
And he also added "I think right now (online posting) is pretty much just on its own. It's a machine that's going to go its own way," Couch said. "The state can try to pass some rules, but I don't really think it would do anything."
Certainly he's a bit misguided, and this is probably the wrong way to call attention to idiocy, but if you read this story it should be clear to you that this was never an issue. I never posted a link because I knew that even if this was a real attempt to pass a real bill it didn't stand a chance to be passed. How could anyone even think that for one second this would go anywhere?
So anyway, my point here is just to answer the question "How Do You Decide What To Post On LISNews?" I get asked that every once in a while, and normally I don't have any good answers. I just post what seems interesting. I'll post something I think others will find interesting, and occasionally I'll post something that I think will bring on some interesting discussions. The great thing about LISNews is there are another dozen or so people that have posting powers, so even if I don't think something is interesting there's a chance it'll still get posted.
A state legislator trying to call out trolls didn't seem interesting to me. Even the reaction isn't interesting because it's exactly what could've been predicted. But I suppose if his goal was calling attention to trolls, mission accomplished. The problem is, of course, his goal was to call attention to trolls. The number 2 most important rule of The Internet should be Don't Feed The Trolls. Number one, of course, Don't Feed The Spammers.