Attention People: Please stop being a**holes or I will block you.

It’s 4:30am as I write this. I’m tired, but don’t know how much simpler I can make this statement: PLEASE REFRAIN FROM BEING AN ASSHOLE OR YOU WILL BE BLOCKED AND ALL YOUR COMMENTS WILL BE PUT INTO MODERATION.

I generally do not get to read or moderate every single comment made on this blog, but lately they appear to be getting out of hand. I’m at the point where I don’t want to do this anymore; it’s just sickening and not what I originally intended when I created this blog.

I actually have no problem blocking everybody and have no comments because living in my own personal bubble seems like a much safer place. But alas… many times the conversations here are really great, so I wont let a few bad seeds ruin all the fun. Don’t forget that we are all neighbors. Please try to act civilized with meaningful and constructive conversations. This is a personal blog that makes no money, so I will moderate under my own discretion.

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19 thoughts on “Attention People: Please stop being a**holes or I will block you.”

  1. Well said that is why I stopped with the patch. your blog is great I enjoy reading it daily and it keeps me up to date with lb stuff. There are so many that just want to rag on everyone that make a spelling mistake does not agree with you and worse hide behind screen names.
    Living here for over 60 years yea some things are not great but I still love it even with all the issues the plus side far out weights the bad.
    My real name.

  2. Recently moved to Long Beach and just found your blog. Love it! These types of forums are vital to a local community and I appreciate your willingness to make the effort even when comments become contentious. Hopefully your post will calm down some of the nastiness, but you’re right. It’s your blog and you have every right to block people who can’t help themselves from being jerks.

    I hope you’ll continue writing and posting. My husband and I are transplants from the a Midwest. We love this town with all of its oceanside beauty and welcoming residents and business owners. (tho thoroughly agree on the dog poop issue! 🙂

    Looking forward to continuing to learn about and enjoy this community through your posts and the helpful comments many people do contribute.

  3. I’m already moderated. Guess it’s my conservative views.

    Love the blog Anthony. You do a fantastic job and any censoring is your call. Glad to have a place to share.

  4. If its causing you anxiety and you’re writing @ it at 4:30 am….it’s time for you to take a little break. A day or two, a week….month…just something and then come back to this in a better place.
    And impose the one (ahole strike) you’re out rule.

  5. Your blog is terrific and I get more LB news here than anywhere else.

    Totally agree with the one ahole strike and you’re out rule. They have been warned. So if they don’t comply they won’t be surprised.

  6. I am hoping you keep this blog going. You are positive, have great information and try not to push your views. As for those who are ‘power behind the screen’ in a negative way: BAN THEM. Everyone can have differing opinions as long as they state them with respect. Everyone becomes passionate when speaking of their hometown; people need to be reminded that respect, common courtesy and decency are expected — umm, required.

  7. Thanks for the kind words about the blog everybody, but I wasn’t looking for any sympathy. I enjoy doing this blog as a place to learn about our city, dream up new ideas and even post some news or rumors.

    Yes, at times I use it as a soap box, but I try to offer constructive criticism, rather than saying “that’s dumb” or “you’re stupid.” Everything is a learning process and no question is ‘too dumb’ to ask. Just like the natural gas pipe Question from a week ago. Yeah, I could have figured it out and not posted the topic, but I enjoy when some of you readers (who are highly intelligent) chime in with what you know.

    I didn’t create this blog as a place people to harass, intimidate or gang up on a fellow neighbor. Not just with the RENT post, with other recent posts as well. I just ask you all to please keep conversations constructive or informative. A great discussion is when we learn from each other and grow.

  8. I know you weren’t looking for sympathy; I believe most of us posters wanted to show support and unity. I am new to Long Beach (rented for a year and found an appropriate home to purchase) and would love to learn more and more about our City by the Sea; this blog helps me do that.

    THANK YOU.

  9. Eddie, you aren’t moderated. Sometimes really long written comments automatically go into moderation because my filters think it’s spam. I’ll see it in the PENDING category and will approve it whenever I see it.

  10. Thanks Bungalow, I started the blog when I moved here in 2007/08 as a way to get to know this city and I am still learning about it.

    It’s hard to create topical posts for us to all talk about, so I really enjoy when people email me or post (on facebook) conversation starters.

    There is so much to learn about this great city, plus we are at an ample time of rebuilding where the decisions we make today will alter our city by the sea for years to come. I love the conversations, the ideas, the dreams that we all come up with and I think that we can use some of this info as a positive way to move forward and to turn this city into something more special than what it is already

  11. I think your blog should be required reading for all LB residents to engage them in the critical debate about our city’s future — it’s timely, informative and nonpartisan. Thank you for all you do.

  12. As one who has been guilty of uncharitable posts and comments on past occasions I must first of all agree with Anthony that it’s his blog and subject to his rules.

    However I also am an advocate of spirited, robust discussion by interested citizens.

    The last thing we need is apathy among the residents since this will allow the evil elements to thrive.

    The people who follow this blog are, for the most part, the ones interested in the betterment of Long Beach. They frequently maintain strong opinions and can occasionally get carried away when confronted with opposing views.

    But this blog has become a very important sounding board and we need to applaud Anthony and make sure he doesn’t get frustrated and block everyone one day.

    Thank you Anthony for your efforts.

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    These past 2 years, our primary focus has been to assist families trying to rebuild their lives after the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. We have helped secure contracting services, plumbing, furniture and clothing replacement, as well as providing mortgage and rental assistance. These are just a few examples of how we have been able to assist our residents who have been dramatically affected by this powerful storm. We need your help to continue our efforts.

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    $87,457 for general contracting

    $84,600 in gift cards distributed

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  14. Long Beach Christmas Angel is a local non profit tax-exempt 501 c 3 organization, dedicated to improving the lives of families within the Long Beach City School District who are experiencing financial difficulties.

    These past 2 years, our primary focus has been to assist families trying to rebuild their lives after the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. We have helped secure contracting services, plumbing, furniture and clothing replacement, as well as providing mortgage and rental assistance. These are just a few examples of how we have been able to assist our residents who have been dramatically affected by this powerful storm. We need your help to continue our efforts.

    FINANCIAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE HURRICANE SANDY: $567,389

    $95,000 of Furniture purchased

    $90,441 in rent and mortgage assistance

    $87,457 for general contracting

    $84,600 in gift cards distributed

    $76,501 for plumbing work

    $42,893 of appliances purchased

    $40,100 worth of beds and mattresses

    $21,703 in education and tuition payments

    $19,400 for electrical work

    $9,294 Utility payments!!

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