Saturday, April 08, 2006

Dear Durk

Apparently, some of my previous comments regarding lurking have struck a nerve with one of my readers.

Following is a comment I received about Thursday’s post. It was just too sweet to be simply be left in the comments section where it might not be seen, so I decided to respond to it in this post instead.

Here is the original comment:

BLOWHARD – YOU COMPLAINED AOUBT LURKERS TWICE THIS WEEK. OK HERES WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW. SOME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TIME TO COMMENT ON EVERYBODYS BLOGS AND SOME DON’T HAVE THEIR OWN ANYWAY AND YOU SHOULD BE CAREFULL NOT TO BITE THE HAND THAT READS YOU. YOU PROBABLY WON’T PUBLISH THIS BECAUSE YOU MODERATE ANYWAY. DURK.

There are just so many great things about this comment. Allow me to dissect it as I respond…

Dear Durk:

First, please remove the Doritos pieces from your keyboard so you can unstick the CapsLock key. Trying to read all caps makes my eyes bug out and also leaves the impression that you’re yelling at me - almost like you don’t love me, and that hurts.

Second, please consult a dictionary in which you will find both spelling and grammar suggestions. These can be very useful.

Now, on with the dissection…

BLOWHARD- Obviously a reference to my name Harmonica Man. I appreciate this attempt to be clever and insulting at the same time. This reminds me of my old Boy’s Life magazines where kids would write letters to Pedro and call him things like “Dilapidated Hay Burner” and the like. Come to think of it, I wonder if Durk IS still reading Boy’s Life?

YOU COMPLAINED AOUBT LURKERS TWICE THIS WEEK – Yes it’s true I mentioned lurkers twice this week, but I never actually complained about them. In my first post I teased them by insinuating (you can look this word up Durk) that if I didn’t know who you were then I wouldn’t be able to share my money. In my second post I called lurking a “strange phenomenon” and suggested one reason why some people (including myself) may choose a read-only approach to blog viewing. I based this comment on my own personal reason for choosing not to comment on other people’s blogs. Therefore, if I was going to criticize lurking (which I don’t) then I would have to include myself as guilty.

SOME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TIME TO COMMENT ON EVERYBODYS BLOGS – Agreed.

AND SOME DON’T HAVE THEIR OWN ANYWAY – Hmmm. Some people don’t have their own… what Durk, get to the noun already. Teeth? Brains? Ability to write a coherent sentence? I’m assuming what you mean by this is that some people don’t have their own blogs so the concept of reciprocating comments doesn’t apply to them. That IS what you meant, right Durk?

YOU SHOULD BE CAREFULL NOT TO BITE THE HAND THAT READS YOU – Holy crap! Out of nowhere the ol’ Durkster drops a clever pun! Are you sure you didn’t get help with this line?

YOU PROBABLY WON’T PUBLISH THIS BECAUSE YOU MODERATE ANYWAY – Well I guess you’re wrong on this point since I have indeed published your comment. Be careful what you ask for! You are right, though, in that I have been moderating my comments, but not so I can include or exclude them. I chose to use moderation because early on I had a problem with automated comment spam and found moderation an effective way to screen it out. But just because you accused me so nicely, I will as of today turn moderation off so my fellow blog-friends (yes, including you too Durk) won’t have to wait for me to accept your comments. I will, however, have to turn on word verification so the automated spam doesn’t get through.

DURK – "the Lurk." Yes, I get it.

So thank you Durk for your feedback and interest in my blog. I hope that you will continue to enjoy my blog for years to come. I know I look forward to more of your comments!

Jeff

4 comments:

Chanakin said...

To think that infuriated somebody so much, they actually sat down and typed...

Anonymous said...

Harmonica Man: Please continue with your blogs--We love them! Forget Durk the critic, but feel sorry for his wife or girlfriend, because he sounds like an angry mean man.

Mooselet said...

Other fun words that Durk rhymes with:

Gerk (not really a word but it reminds me of gerkhin pickles), Jerk, Kirk, Murk, Perk, Quirk, Turk, Work, Verk (if you speak with a German accent).

I choose Durk the Perky Quirky Lurking knob!!!

Now I must go and read yesterday's post as it has me in it and I'm a complete narcissist. :)

Harmonica Man said...

Actually, I don't think "Durk" (or whoever he really is) was really trying to be all that serious in the first place. Nor was I. I was just having a little fun with him with a thing called satire.

Durk's probably not such a bad guy. I mean, how bad can he be if he reads MY blog!