@Dennis Forbes, great comment.
First of all, guys stop going on about the fact that Jeff “said” the English woman’s name while saying he ignores her. That’s really not interesting at all.
Second of all, I agree that it is a bit contradictory to on the one hand say how great criticism is and on the other ask those who offer criticism to just ignore you. It’s one thing if someone is attacking personally with ad hominem but quite another to attack the content.
It is such a cop out to say “If you don’t like and don’t have somene nice to say then please go away.” Also, people who are saying “If you don’t like it then why do you waste your time, you little dorks, arguing against Jeff. Haha You are just putting more money in Jeff’s pockets.” First, that is just irrelevant and childish. If you only want cheerleader posts then either disable comments, moderate comments, or if nothing else just put a clear message saying “If you don’t agree then please don’t comment. We want an echo chamber.”
Part of the thing is that that the dismissiveness and blatant anti-intellectual that emanates from the blog adds to the vitriol of some comments, which is unfortunate. Then posts like “Well, it’s all just smackdown learning” and this one that goes like “Oh, bah, please just go away” just tend to annoy people. Commenters are here for many different. Most of them probably don’t care if showing the flaws of posts also serve to add more money into Jeff’s pocket in the form of ad revenue. It’s worth it to many people to visit and explain how something is wrong even if that by posting something totally wrong and getting you to post about it put 0.002 cents into Jeff’s pocket because of your visit.
The ironic thing is that the people who only want to see Cheerleader posts and want those not-cheerleading to just ignore Jeff and go away–these people could just ignore the comments and go away themselves. Nothing is stopping you from just reading the original post and writing a comment without engaging in the discussion.