Tuesday, September 1, 2009

7/7/09 User complaint email re "HumeSkeptic" --- and HuffPost management's response


The following email was sent to Huff-Watch on July 7, 2009. It is but one example in our archives of the fact that HuffPost has been notified of the egregious violations of its Comment Policy and Terms of Service that it has allowed certain of its users (all radical leftists) to engage in.


Subject: Abusive Poster

To: katie@huffingtonpost.com

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 10:26 PM
Dear Katie,

I’d like to know where this post fits within your posting policy:

HumeSkeptic I'm a Fan of HumeSkeptic permalink
Rather than throwing tantrums, it is much more satisfying to visit St Ronnie's grave, and p!ssing on it. The relief is divine, especially after having consumed a few cups of latte. Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:32 AM on 07/07/2009

As you can see from the time stamp, this was posted today!

This is the same guy who repeatedly taunts your staff endlessly, is abusive to other posters, and violates each and every single policy you have on a daily basis with utter impunity. Not only that but his actions encourage others to join in and post their own abusive posts, for instance:

CostaMesaJoe I'm a Fan of CostaMesaJoe permalink
ROTFLMAO!!!!! XD That never gets old Hume....!
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:36 AM on 07/07/2009

helenwheels I'm a Fan of helenwheels permalink
I'd Iike to fIing dog poop at it.
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:36 AM on 07/07/2009

Dystopic I'm a Fan of Dystopic permalink
I would not stop at pissng on Ronnies Grave, I would love to leave a nice steaming pile of my love and admiration for the man and his wonderful gilded turde Nancy
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:38 AM on 07/07/2009

I have witnessed firsthand commenters who post much less than this being banned permanently, yet this person is allowed by you and your staff to conduct himself in this way each and every day and I’d like to know why?

What hold does this person have over your site? What right does he have to tell others to “f*ckoff” with immunity?

Where does it say that he or anyone is allowed to piss on peoples graves, especially that of a U.S. president?

There is not a single site that I know of or any that I can find that allows such language on a regular basis by a single poster. The Democratic Underground, the Daily Kos, the Politico nor any other popular site you can name would ever put up with such language, yet you do by this poster each and every day and I’d like to know why?

You should review this guys comment history. In it, you will find comments such as this: (after moderation has scrubbed most of the FU’s, f*ckoff’s, and worse)




From: Katie Saddlemire [mailto:katie@huffingtonpost.com]

Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:02 PM


Subject: Re: Abusive Poster


Thanks for pointing this out -
it's definitely not within our comment guidelines. I'll be sure to review these comments.

Katie .

As is documented in the "HumeSkeptic" analysis, HuffPost did nothing to stop him or these users from their pathological violations of its comment policies. It did, however, continue to routinely censor and ban non-violating users who dared to voice dissenting views, and who stood up to these violators.

On August 27, 2009, the author of this email sent a follow-up complaint with much more detail, discussing:
  • The fact that he publicly disclosed the content of its 7/17/09 email to him, in which it "asked" him to stop claiming that he "pisses on Reagan's grave," and urging others to do the same

  • "HumeSkeptic's" promise to HuffPost that he would not do this anymore

  • The fact that despite his promise, "HumeSkeptic" continued his pathological violations in this regard

Additionally, and most shockingly, he also claimed that HuffPost management actually "asked" him for suggestions "on how to improve the site."

See this follow-up email here.


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