Comment of the Day: Sometimes You Just Have to Block People on the Web

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We listed the five lamest rebuttals made in Web arguments, ranging from saying "I was just trying to push buttons" to blocking the person you're arguing with.

One reader said blocking is not always a sign that you've actually lost the argument.

Drusilla Grey wrote:

Love it!

Though I will offer a counter point on blocking: in extreme cases, I have resorted to blocking certain people because the level of ignorance and hatred spewing forth from them was toxic to me. In that case, being the blockee doeas not mean they've won, but thaat they've been written off as a worthless lost cause.

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