Today I get this via email (name/email changed to protect the “innocent”):
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM, “Joe” <”joe”@gmail.com> wrote:
Subject: please remove
This comment comes up very high on google searches of my name and I am hoping that you would be so kind as to remove it. I am not sure why I would have used my last name – not a good move on my part.
My first thought was, “Wow, that’s an old post. I wonder what this guy wrote that he doesn’t want people to see?”
The post was written in November 2006.
Here is the comment in question:
Joe’s Full Name August 27, 2008 at 11:04 pm
This is utterly hilarious to read. My favorite part is Jay constantly trying to deflect the criticism of a post from 2006 ”“ because it’s SO OLD.
I guess there really isn’t anything to be learned from history, at least not for the shallow.
Really, a simple, “We were wrong and should be much more responsible in the future and maybe even buy a calculator,” could have ended this thread months ago. But I guess that’s what Phoenix REALTORS are good at, deflections and blame shifting. Good luck everyone.
So approximately a year and a half ago, “Joe” writes a comment on my blog, personally attacking me. Now he doesn’t want people to Google his name and see what he wrote.
Why not? Afraid people will find your snarky attack”¦ stupid? Afraid it demonstrates to anyone who should happen across it that you’re an ass?
Joe writes, “I am not sure why I would have used my last name – not a good move on my part.”
No Joe, what was not a good move on your part was being a jerk on the Internet.
You see Joe, Google never forgets.
One basic rule of humanness I abide by is, “If you are not willing to put your name to it, then don’t say it”. Joe apparently feels differently.
I was tempted to reply to Joe and say, “You attack me on my blog and now you want a favor? Why I’m just a irresponsible and shallow Realtor that is only good at deflections and blame shifting. So uhm, no. Your name stays.”
But I chose to take the “high road” and delete Joe’s name and avatar from the comment. There’s really no redeeming value in stooping to a troll’s level. I’m sure some out there will chastise me for removing Joe’s name. But hey, people make mistakes and it’s my blog so the name is gone.
I told Joe the comment would stand, but I’d remove his name.
His response to that was interesting:
Thanks I appreciate it. I run a blog that I get attacked for a lot too, so I know how you feel. I appreciate you taking the high road. Removing my name will be just fine.
Joe might want to take a gander at The Golden Rule.
There are lessons here
- Don’t be a jerk.
- Google never forgets.
- If you’re not man enough to stand by your statements then perhaps it is best to just keep quiet.
- “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” (usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln).