Meta: Can we please ban FranklinHatchett?

Submitted by ShittyPlaceKicker on December 3rd, 2017 at 2:17 PM
The racist stereotyping is out of control and it is downright embarrassing to have that kind of act associated with the University of Michigan in any way. His recent forum post is evidence that he needs to be prevented from sharing content here.



December 3rd, 2017 at 3:27 PM ^

place... but, nonetheless, it is virtue signaling. I find it annoying that this blogger posts on every thread - That being said, i'm sure most of my stuff is terrible. This is a place were people of common interests can post funny things.  No one has to read or care about it.  If i get an upvote it makes me happy. If i don't get up votes, it really doesn't matter too much. The point that I am wondering to is this, we shouldn't over police what people say.  I really enjoy the lively debates on QBs, coaching decisions, etc. My wife doesn't want to talk about JH's record versus rivals, so I kick around on MGBLOG.  Brain makes some money, we all have a few laughs, everyone is a winner.

My two cents.

Go Blue.

Bando Calrissian

December 3rd, 2017 at 3:36 PM ^

But we should be able to have those discussions without a troll alter who posts using a constructed and fairly racist e-personality, clogs everything with unreadable drivel, constantly picks fights with people, and then starts a thread basically begging to be banned. 

And if pointing out that it's disappointing that a Michigan blog would have to deal with racist crap like that is "virtue signaling," well, I don't know what to tell you. Those of us who attended the university know what kind of community is fostered there, and have little tolerance for what this poster was doing. Leaders and Best means just that--and FranklinHatchett was not it.


December 3rd, 2017 at 3:54 PM ^

It's possible to think that appeals to the "diversity of the University" are oversold (I find U of M to be considerably less diverse than it thinks) and still think that "Franklin" is an absurd and stupid account that is insulting to everybody and deserving a permanent removal.

FH was just making a play for attention and got what he wanted. Pretty clear he was looking to elicit this kind of response, or to start heavy trolling (like, way worse) if it didn't happen.

I prefer stuff like this to get put in the sticky, since it gets the troll more attention (or embarrasses someone unnecessarily if such a thread is focused on someone else that doesn't deserve a public response) but I agree with the sentiment and result.


December 3rd, 2017 at 6:12 PM ^

Virtue signalling isn't "racist crap."  It's simply an observation about a person's motives. You inadvertently provide a perfect example of how "racist" is flung about in a cavalier manner to cover up for weak arguments and/or to intimidate people with social pressure.  

Your own behavior makes your 'fostering a community' virtue-signalling laugh-out-loud hypocritical.  Your conduct towards Wolverine Devotee has been sustained bullying over truly trivial matters.  

Further you and FauxMo are two people I associate with constantly injecting politics into discussions.  


December 3rd, 2017 at 7:05 PM ^

Here's a perfect example:…

Political terms like "dogwhistle" and "fake media" speak for themselves.  As silly as WD's 'hot take' was show, you clearly attempted to frame it in terms of the contemporary poltiical divide that was not relevant.

I recall a nasty dust up between you and Stephen R Kass over religion in football. 

I'm not going to waste time hunting down the specifics of that or other examples that don't come immediately to mind, because there's no amount of evidence that I could muster that would ever end in you granting that I have a point.  


Bando Calrissian

December 4th, 2017 at 12:16 PM ^

Because I don't agree with his point. I don't inject politics around here in any way, shape, or form, and am careful not to. He just cherry-picked one instance and turned into a "you do it all the time" statement. Which isn't true.

panthera leo fututio

December 3rd, 2017 at 3:44 PM ^

The use of the term "virtue signaling" has pretty quickly outstripped its usefulness. How exactly is this sort of signaling supposed to work when the vast majority of us are completely pseudonymous? In this sort of contex, it seems much more likely that someone's trying to carve out a position that they find legitimately virtuous (whether or not they do so thoughtfully, and whether or not you agree with their understanding of virtue). What's the point of bending over backwards to demonstrate some set of personal characteristics that will never conceivably be linked to their actual person?