Actually, I don't have a problem with this.
Blogs and Web sites should be run with whatever moderation policies the owners like, from comment-free; to sycophantic comments only; to completely unmoderated. The Internet's a big place, and there's room for all policies. As long as it's not censorship carried out by government bureaucrats it doesn't bother me.
Reciprocally, we Web users have a right to judge sites like Physics Forums based on any criteria, including their moderation policies.
I was banned instantly when I tried to post this:
Dear moderators and commenters,
Please be aware that science blogs and Web sites all over the Internet are being systematically infiltrated by cult followers and sockpuppets of certain crackpots, fringe scientists, and pseudoscientists. The most successful and troubling of these is the cult surrounding one M.S. El Naschie, founding editor of the Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. I call them the Naschie Party, or the Naschienal Socialists.
Inside the insular and unfortunately rather technically unsavvy Arab world, particularly Egypt, Dr. Mohamed S. El Naschie has managed to dupe the media and much of the populace: He pretends to be a full professor and even presents himself as a Nobel-worthy scientist. (He refuses to say what university made him a full professor.) In the West, and among practically all competent mathematicians and physicists everywhere, he's not taken seriously as a scientist.
My blog, El Naschie Watch, is a news and humor blog devoted to El Naschie. It has many links to sources of information about him. These are mostly in English, but some are in Arabic or German. If you Google "El Naschie" my blog's usually one of the first few hits.
El Naschie has attacked my blog by name in at least one Arabic language media interview that I'm aware of. I have received death threats (caution: don't follow this link if you can't stand gory photos) from the Naschie Party.
Some site mods know about El Naschie and automatically delete Naschie Party posts. While I understand that approach, personally I'm not terribly enthusiastic about it, preferring to shine bright lights to scatter the cockroaches. As Web site moderators we must each handle it as we think best. My purpose in writing this comment is merely to let you know that the Naschie Party infiltration and sock puppetry problem exists here, so that whatever action you take, from banning to full permissiveness, is not taken in ignorance. [Note: The inline links I included in the original have been stripped out because they use a different format from Blogger, and I don't feel like re-creating them. --Ed]
They banned me so fast my head spun. Evelyn Wood herself couldn't have read my entire post in the time it took. But that's ok. They shouldn't have to publish my comment if they don't want to, no matter how silly or arbitrary the reason. It's their site.
Still, I think this shows poor judgment on their part. "Let no good deed go unpunished" can be their motto if they want.
The following threads at Physics Forums have varying degrees of Naschie Party pollution that the mods welcome:
- An Exceptionally Technical Discussion of AESToE
- All the lepton masses from G, pi, e
- Chaos, Solitons & Fractals
- Scale Relativity
- Can some somebody explain the "Defined Chaose" for me?!!!
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائي