OK, dear readers, I need some opinions.
I have a commenter here, who chooses to (unsuccessfully) attempt anonymity. I don’t think this individual understands things like stats counters and IP addresses, so s/he may not realize just how little privacy there actually is out on these here Interwebs.
Even without this information, I would know who the writer was. But it’s never bad to have proof.
The comments are mildly sarcastic, usually inane, a little pitiable, and not particularly canny. There’s an odd co-existing tendency to insult me, while at the same time showing an almost-obsequious effort to sound humorous – cutting me down while trying to look cute and personable.
The email address used is a fake one, and attempts to reply directly are bounced back as undeliverable. I realize that one of my major shortcomings as a blogger is my tendency to underrespond to comments, and I feel badly about that. When I do choose to respond to a visitor, it’s usually via backchanneled email instead of an ongoing conversation within the comments, and when someone chooses to post under a non-working email address, I’m left a bit bemused. It’s an odd choice, to me, for someone to think that their words are worth sharing, and yet not be willing to stick around for a response. Kind of like sneaking up from behind to tap someone on their left shoulder, and then ducking to the right – I guess maybe “made ya look” is enough, for some.
So, to you other bloggers out there, what would you do? I could continue with the benign ignoring tactic I’ve been using, or I could post the long blurb I just pounded out as a public response. I could attempt to engage in a public discourse within the comments, though I don’t think this person would be able to handle even that level of open communication. I could ban the IP address from the site, or move the site altogether. (This last option is merely to round out the list of possibilities; I’ve already decided that these comments and visits aren’t nearly important enough to cause me to make any real changes to this site.)
I’m sure there are other responses I could choose, too. And I know some of you have experience with this; at least two have recently moved their blogs elsewhere to avoid an unpleasant commenter. So, rain your wisdom down upon me, won’t you? What would you do?