Foggy reported that comments were disabled at Birther Report this morning (gee, you’re up early, Bill). When I tried it just now (10 am), commenting was enabled, but a test comment I left went straight into moderation, something that wasn’t happening before. I read one comment from around 9 am from SirenDrake that said:
Is it just me, or is the site running slow this morning? I suspect that Obots are hammering the site mercilessly. Might be why Birther Report finally decided to require an account for posting. If he really has.
I should point out to SirenDrake that BirtherReport is hosted by Google, and my thought is that it would take a really huge amount of hammering to slow Google down. The idea that non-birthers in any number are accessing that sorry web site at any given time is hard for me to believe. I ran Pingdom tools on the Jack Cashill article that was the top story on the site, and the page load took 8.8 seconds after no fewer than 702 ❗ http requests and transferring 4.4 MB. (My home page loaded in 2.45 seconds making 43 requests for a page size of 818 KB.) I don’t know if that accounts for all the scripting or not. It could be that Intense Debate (that runs their commenting system) or one of their third-party advertising sources was slow. The site itself is what I would call bloated.
But what I really wanted to talk about was not site performance but the rather remarkable fact that I have been able to comment freely at Birther Report without moderation or deletion for at least 6 months now. I have had the privilege of posting long, well-reasoned and fact filled responses to birther claims. I think that it would be clear to the unbiased observer that I was reasonable and they had no substance to their objections. It’s their site (even if Google is paying for it) and they have the right to control who can comment and who cannot.
I am once again able to post at Birther Report.