Believe it or not, we generally eat rather straightforward and often simple fare for the most part in the Marketman household. The blog tends to focus on highlights and unusual meals, meals with guests around, etc., and do not mirror the daily reality of what comes out of our kitchen. I am still posting about holiday meals that ended over two weeks ago, and have a backlog of dozens of such meals from the past year that have yet to be written. Yes, we have a particular focus on food, but that’s why I maintain a food blog. Sometimes, an occasional and often first time visitor will send a wisecrack or downright nasty comment regarding extravagance, poverty, fish pans, taste, etc., most all of which inevitably ends up in the junk folder or is simply deleted, and all I can reiterate is that the blog is here, it is free, and YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ IT. You don’t even have TO LIKE IT. Just move on to another site that might suit your fancy. The blog gets hundreds of comments and emails a week and while a couple of dopey ones are almost always not worth bothering with, it does amaze me what people occasionally write in an email, under the expectation that they can never be identified.
For repeated inappropriate comments from readers under the guise of anonymity, let me just remind you of one thing. If you are one of the idiots that are dumb enough to send inappropriate and often legally actionable or libelous comments thinking they will never be identified, then DO NOT use your company computers/email systems or your home accounts for that matter. Take the misguided soul that sent repeated nasty emails who turned out to be using the computer at work at his freight/package forwarding company in a specific city on Long Island (as well as from his nearby home) in the U.S. Turns out the IP address is linked to a specific Filipino owned company, and the branch had only a handful of employees, so if I wanted to, I could identify the sender with relative ease. And trust me, the owners of that business wouldn’t be amused if they found out what their employees were doing on company time and equipment. Or another person who took particular offense from a rant of mine and decided to keep sending nasty emails from their place of work, which turns out to be a call center for a major international bank, and one whose HR manager happens to be a friend of a friend. Another felt personally offended over something I wrote and kept sending libelous emails from her home in a particular district in a specific state in the U.S., and when I emailed her back to ask how the weather was (a quick google), giving details, she shut up forever. You may think you are hidden away, but computers provide an incredibly good trail. The internet is a wonderful tool, don’t misuse it.
Take the articles last fall in the U.S. about how a murderer was tracked down, identified and arrested over his email activity. I had no idea that servers automatically store ALL messages for some 6-12 months, and that they are admissible in court. And for police purposes, it’s almost simpler to track down a person based on their trail of texts, emails, etc. than having a bloodhound pick up their scent. So a word to the misguided. Keep the nasties to yourself. I write my rants based on actual experiences, with as many facts as possible. In NOT a single case has a company asked me to retract a rant/post. In most cases, the rants have been educational for readers and have gotten the attention of the companies/subjects and have yielded positive results. My real estate rant meant the development of a “no contact” list and greater care on the part of agents for that particular company. My credit card rant informed thousands of people about the dangers of carrying a credit card because of the liabilities if it is stolen and used. My airline rants got the attention of the CEO, but to this day, service appears to fall short of customer expectations, based on the MANY continued comments from disgruntled customers who continue to leave comments on those posts. My PIPC posts/rants turned out to be SPOT ON ACCURATE and it was a scam, and no one to this day has resolved their losses. My plagiarism rant has yielded far more careful attribution for photos and internet sources at a major daily. And I could go on and on and on.
It’s so easy for me to delete such emails. But for those of you who bother to write them, and for now think you are doing so with no risk of repercussions, I do hope one day it comes back to bite your rear end. Or worse. :)