Until quite recently readers were able to post comments on this site. I disabled the feature a few months ago because I was tired of dealing with the extraordinary amount of spam I was getting. The last time I checked Akismet had blocked over one and a half million spam comments, and that plugin had only been running for about half the lifetime of the site. Almost all the feedback I’ve gotten for the last few years has been via Facebook or Twitter, so the last time I updated my theme I simply removed the comments system.
Even so, there are some posts here that earned a great many valid comments back in the day. Here are the five that had the most:
Way back in 2001 someone forwarded me a link to a crazy website that (allegedly) detailed stories of people who wanted to (literally) have intercourse with dolphins. I posted only a link to the article and was flooded with comments here from people regarding it, many of whom for some reason thought I was connected to the story. (I am not!)
|False Authority Syndrome
I posted a story about getting into a little argument with a TSA agent at LAX and got a bunch of comments from people who thought I was either a jerk or a hero.
|Reasons to Kill My Boyfriend
This is another example of a post where I simply linked to some other website and suddenly started receiving comments as if I was responsible for its content. Many of the comments were from funny teenagers ranting about their exes, but some of them were pretty heart-breaking and some were disturbing.
|Microsoft Money and a Mac
About a decade ago – shortly after I switched from PC to Mac – I wrote about the lack of decent personal finance software in the Apple universe.
Some company was running a scam and I wrote a post explaining that people should stay away from them. My article ranked in Google and hopefully saved a bunch of poor souls from getting suckered.