Is it wrong to use the Pie Filter? Does it make me a bad person?
Dear Of Course It’s Not Wrong,
Why would you even think that? Of course it’s not wrong to use the pie filter. There’s only so much time in a day. There’s nothing wrong with using the pie filter for commenters whose comments you don’t want to read, unless that feels wrong to you, or it goes against your principles.
Even if it goes against your principles to pie commenters that you simply don’t care for, or whose comments aren’t of interest to you, there’s absolutely no reason to feel bad about pie-ing some whose primary goal is trolling or what I call “shit-stirring”. Use the pie filter for them!
I tried the pie filter, just for a minute, so I could see the pie images and the quotes. Now I’m hooked, and I’m tempted to use the pie filter just for fun.
Dear Oh My Goodness, Please Don’t Worry about That!
I mean, seriously, have you seen CatCake? Who could resist CatCake? Or the dessert-related quotes… I spent a lot of time looking for the quotes and those images! Just think of using the pie filter as a kindness, so I know they are appreciated.
If that’s not enough to help you feel good about it, think about John. He paid good money for the pie filter programming. With updates! You now have a choice of images, quotes, or nothing, plus it’s super easy to pie, and to un-pie, and to change the settings. And if you’re up for a really bold move, you can use the pie filter just because it’s a day ending in ‘Y’!
I know i shouldn’t engage with trolls, and I tell myself I won’t make that mistake the next time; I will just ignore them! But then I do it anyway. I get pulled in, thinking that I can change their mind, or that it’s important to refute what they say, so it doesn’t just hang there like the lie they just said is true. I’m doing a service for all of us, and that’s a good thing, right?
Dear I’m Really Sorry to Have to be the One to Tell You,
We all understand the instinct, but engaging isn’t helpful. It just encourages them, and derails the threads. The pie filter can help! You can pie the shit-stirrers and trolls, and reduce the temptation to engage with them. Plus, it will save you money on meds, because it will help keep your blood pressure down! Then you can treat yourself to some real live dessert, just for being so good!
Some of the regular commenters don’t seem to be posting anymore. It makes me sad and I feel so frustrated, isn’t there anything I can do?
Dear That Bothers Me Too,
I wish I had a better answer, but the only thing I know how to do is to make sure that I’m not personally involved in turning what would otherwise be a good thread into a steaming pile of you-know-what, or scorched earth. At Balloon Juice, we are not the enemy. Well, except for the people who are here to stir shit and sow discord. As far as I’m concerned, we owe nothing to those people; they are not actually part of the BJ community.
What I know is that we have to preserve our collective sanity for the Big Fight of 2020: Saving Our Democracy. Like it or not, that’s the fight we are in,. One part of that fight is making sure we’re not driving good people away with our infighting. One tiny part of that can be using the pie filter, if that’s what it takes to not get sucked into the vortex of people who are on Balloon Juice – not for the politics and pets and food and garden chats or to share our favorite mysteries – but to do harm.
I don’t know that we have to Be Best. But I do think we need to Be Smart.
What has the pie filter done for you lately?
Why is the pie filter worse than Satan?
Why you love CatCake almost as much as I do.