Dear Inquirer Team,
first of all let me thank you for your great work. I really love reading the INQ; especially the nicknames, puns and jokes make my daily dose of news quite entertaining :-)
Lately, there have been a number of irritating, headache-inducing
comments from a reader calling himself Thomas Drashek, and an even larger number of more or less annoyed responses by several unnerved other readers. (Examples). I know that you do not have the intention (nor the ability, probably) to ban the guy from commenting, which is quite understandable.
Seeing those other readers suffer, however, and suffering quite a bit myself, I decided to implement a quick solution to the problem: A small Firefox extension, similar to the well-known FlashBlock, that replaces comments containing the word 'Drashek' (case-insensitive) with a link that has to be clicked on before the comment can be seen.
This extension may be distributed and/or modified freely (in both
senses of the word). I have tested it with Firefox 3.0 RC2 on Linux
only, but given the cross-platform compatibility of Firefox extensions it should work equally well with other versions and operating systems.
The extension can be downloaded here.
Unfortunately, Firefox is the only browser that I know how to write extensions for, so a big "sorry" to all the Opera fans out there, including myself ;-)
For the sake of the Drashek-endangered sanity of your readers, I was hoping that you could publish this information.
As I am not sure what kind of reactions to this are to be expected, I would prefer to remain anonymous.
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