Disemvowelling: I love this idea

Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing fame wrote about ways to prevent trolls from destroying an otherwise tranquil online community in an article for InformationWeek. One of the strategies he mentions is to remove all the vowels from hostile posts. To me this sounds like a good way to let people know you disapprove, without being too heavy-handed.

Every so often–more often when I’m actually putting out content–someone decides to drop by here and leave a steaming pile of bile. Whatever their problem in life is, they had it before they came, so I don’t get too bothered by it. What does bother me though is it feels like having a gathering of good friends in my living room crashed by someone whose attitude problem pollutes the atmosphere. I know how I’ll react, but I don’t know how others will, and that worries me a bit. The next time it happens, I’m going to give disemvowelling a try.

Someone recently had a toxic reaction to the mouthcam video I made while playing frisbee with my kids. I can just picture this teenage kid in his basement, trolling Google for videos of a dick’s eye view of the inside of a scaly crackwhore’s mouth but instead finding frisbee with primary school aged boys and lashing out because his wee little pecker lost its boner. Life’s tough, wanker.

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

15 thoughts to “Disemvowelling: I love this idea”

  1. Hi Rich, thats a good idea. I like the last paragraph, people are really wierd huh.

    Hope things are ok with you and your family.


  2. Wow that would be pretty hard to do!

    Thks Rch fr vrythng! ts gd t hv y bck!


    Well Rich that kid is a sad little man already, so let him be! lol

  3. grt id… ntl vryn strt t s n n thr psts hr… ll..

    -great, idea, until. use… some words really don’t word very well when you take out all the vowels, cause there are so many combinations of what they could be saying…

  4. Man, you put “scaly crack whore” in your post, then don’t deliver.

    On top of that, you deny my prurient side by being all responsible and removing the troll’s bile. (I went back to look.)

    My competitiv side wanted to see who had more irritating trolls – you or me. I get them regularly – probably because of the politics, but more often get irritating pseudo-trolls, who like to rip into people for things no one in the thread said.

    Better that the wanker lost his boner than kept it – at least there’s a bit of hope in the world.

  5. @Garrett: I no longer have a home PC and I can’t be updating my blog at work. Actually, I did try to upload a post this morning but the site timed out and I lost it.

  6. Rich I’m glad you gave a reply, I was starting to worry. Maybe Rich was sucked in by a inter dimension portal at his desk at work, created by his huge mess…not possible.

    Well Rich do you have a guess on how long it will be until you have a home PC again?

  7. I know what you mean, Rich. I tried working on the blog(s) at work for a little while. Thought no one would notice. I was quite wrong on that.

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