PZ Myers Expels (Bans?) a Commenter For Asking Difficult Questions
A commenter on PZ Myers' blog has essentially raised the same question as I raised here: Was PZ Myers being truthful when he said that he got on the list to attend the screening of Expelled "just like everybody else." Did he receive an invitation to a "by invitation only" event just like everybody else? Or did he improperly game the RSVP system and then mislead others about doing so?
The commenter, going by the name William Wallace, observed:
PZ's claim is akin to a 10-year-old claiming "just about everybody sneaked in through the theater's back door. Really, dad."
My claim is not all that hard to believe. The Expelled blog has described the event as invitation only, and I know that others who were invited attended.
He added the following:
If PZ had initially asserted that he received an email invitation to which he RSVP'd, and that upon RSVPing, that he then received email confirmation, I would have probably believed it, as this is how it worked for the legitimate cases I know about.
But he has been very, very, very careful not to make this claim, as far as I can tell.
PZ Myers response:
William Wallace: You're wrong. You're also a tedious, boring twit.
You have not been invited to post on this site. Since you're so obsessively concerned about the importance of invitations, you should now go away until I formally invite you.
Anything else would be "gatecrashing" or "sneaking", especially since you haven't even bothered to sign in with your real name.
And that is the last we hear from William Wallace. PZ, thanks for clarifying.
William Wallace was then promptly trashed by other commenters, who apparently did sign in with their real names, such as Cheezits, GumbyTheCat, Umlud, Quasarsphere and Bubba Sixpack.