At the Mad Genius Club, a blog I’ve linked to many times before on matters of Hugo-related Sad Puppiness, Spacefaring Kitten has not been sort of banned* but has also had a post written about them:
The apparent reason is that in an earlier thread Dave Freer tried to win a rhetorical point by demanding Spacefaring Kitten use their real name (pseudonymous posts are fairly common at MGC) which escalated into one of Dave’s special rules which tend to appear under certain circumstances.
I’m sure said kitten will give us their own take on events. My general reaction is that it’s their blog and their rules and every blog (including this one) needs to moderate its comments. Having said that, obviously people are going to look at what does get moderated and what doesn’t and draw their own conclusions.
Meanwhile, John C Wright is also pondering people who may need banning:
I’d stopped commenting there awhile back but recently re-started after this general invitation:
Think back to the day when you first discovered that you were a meat robot without free will, without freedom, and without dignity. Did the discovery fill you with awe, rapture, wonder and gratitude?
What’s a meat robot to do in that circumstance? And there are actually quite some good comments in that post and the one that followed.
Anyway, more generally, looking at the great puppy trajectory I think it is fair to say that Puppies of both stripes really don’t want to engage with their critics much anymore. Puppy ‘outreach’ (i.e. Puppies of either kind posting on non-Puppy blogs) pretty much dried up last year. The inverse (people critical of Puppies posting on Puppy aligned blogs) is being treated even more unwelcomely than previously.