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January 6, 2016

Maggie's Farm Wants You. Pass It On


Maggie's Farm (Highly Recommended) sez: We want readers.
We welcome commenters too, regardless of points of view. We don't only do politics - we do a perspective on Life in America. We are a good site for international readers too, to get some idea about what ordinary Americans are up to and thinking about. We are interested in almost everything. Readership growth is our only reward here, but that grows mainly by word of mouth (which includes others linking to us). Maggie's Farm : Worth it for Bird Dog's Morning Links alone

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 6, 2016 10:49 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I'm a long time lurker and occasionally comment @ Maggie's Farm. They have linked to this site for sometime. Both here and there are some of my favorite places to visit.

Posted by: vichris [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 12:52 PM

"We are a good site for international readers too, to get some idea about what ordinary Americans are up to and thinking about."

Believe it or not, international people don't give a shit about the US and it's mostly infantile behavior.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 1:34 PM

Actually, that's not true at all. I've lived overseas for at least ten years of my life on and off. When I travel I tend to go to one place and get local for a few months.

I have found, without exception, that non-Americans the world over are fascinated and transfixed by this nation. That doesn't mean they love it but they are highly intrigued by it.

Posted by: Van der Leun [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 5:19 PM

Gerard, people for the most part like Americans, but are bothered by the Country as you say. In my foreign travels I found most of the individuals cordial; of course some proved to be irritants to my foreign relations. Those I had to kill. This immensely improved my enjoyment of the surroundings and of my time in those Countries.

I heartily suggest this methodology for improving
foreign relations everywhere one goes.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 3:19 AM

For some time I have tried to comment on posts at Maggie's Farm, and they don't appear. I'm hoping they see this and let me know what's up.

Posted by: tkirk [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 5:34 AM

Quality people everywhere are always appalled at the behavior of junkyard bullies and whiney brats without exception.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 7:44 AM

The software that runs Maggie's farm is sort of home brew. You need to write to them about the commenting problem. It's quite quirky.

Posted by: Van der Leun [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 9:23 AM

Thank you, but I can't find an email address, another frustration.

Posted by: tkirk [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 10:03 AM

Just go into the comment section and fill out the space. Directions are there for posting.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 12:05 PM

Maggie's Farm has a problem: the so-called "Doc Mercury", who is so thin-skinned that if anyone questions his opinions, they get blacklisted! What do you think of that, Bird Dog? Why would you give blacklisting authority to anyone else??

I was blacklisted from your blog four or five years ago (probably without your knowledge), and I haven't clicked on Maggie's Farm since; there are other blogs as good and better, and more deserving of my eyeball time (American Digest is one of them).

Your 'Doc Mercury' is also in the habit of begging for money for his medical conditions, whatever they might be. I even sent him a nice contribution. But after I sent him the money, he blacklisted me, due to nothing more than a difference of opinion. How's that for gratitude?

Why do you allow someone else that authority, Bird Dog? No thin-skinned person should be in an editor position. I know that from personal experience. That position is easily abused, and Doc M has shown that he will abuse it.

So, a word of advice, Bird Dog: take back control of your blog. Doc Mercury is an occasional contributor. Fine. But you are the owner! You should also be the Editor.

Don't let an insecure bully run your generous readers off, BD. (I should disclose that I've sent Gerard money, too, and others; quite a bit, in fact. But they appreciate it.)

Or, maybe you just didn't know what Doc Mercury does, when you're not looking. Now you do.

Sure, I could go all TOR on 'Doc Mercury', and get around his juvenile blacklisting. Easy-peasy, and a piece o' cake. But I'm also a long-time moderator on a much bigger site, with far more traffic. 'Doc Mercury' has tried to post his comments there. But they didn't get past moderation, because I use applied Game Theory:

Treat me good, I'll treat you better; treat me bad, I'll treat you worse.

(Out of the 1.6 million comments in our site's 8 years of operation, 'Doc Mercury' is the only commenter I've ever blacklisted; it's a quid pro quo thing.)

Take back control, Bird Dog. The one bad thing about your blog is allowing someone with essentially no skin in the game to cost you viewers and contributors. I used to tout your blog on our heavily-trafficked site, and the feedback in comments indicated that it was effective advertising. But since DM's arbitrary blacklisting, things there are different.

Now you have more information, BD. A smart guy would act on it, no? And I think you're a smart guy.

Posted by: Smokey [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 12:41 PM

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