Sometimes you hear a phrase once too often, and you suddenly realize there's nothing in it.
Back when I occasionally interacted with posters on Pharyngula, the radical atheist site run by PZ Myers, I would sometimes be accused of two contradictory crimes: (a) not backing up my claims with enough evidence, and (b) "blog-whoring," posting links to this site, where I had stashed quantities of evidence that did, in fact, back up the points I was making. As a professional writer, I might have thought it was a concession to link to free sites, instead of saying, "Get yourself a copy of Jesus and the Religions of Man, and you'll see I cover this topic thoroughly in chapter ten."
Anyway, it seems one is damned if one does (give evidence, which obviously can't be fully offered in a post on a hostile site), and equally damned if one doesn't. That, in the end, is how PZ Myer's "solved the problem" of David Marshall showing up on his site. He banned me for "blog whoring," at least long enough for me to ask what the point of going there in the first place had been.
One site on the Freethought Blogs site I still sometimes visit, is that of the Uncredible Hallq. He seems like a nice enough guy, low-maintanance, relatively speaking.
A couple day ago Hallq posted a blog with the following title:
"What Christian blogs are worth interacting with?"
I answered by inviting Hallq's readers to come here, read some of the material on this site, and chat or challenge us, if they liked.
The first comment after my post was kind, though it made me wish I'd stayed silent:
"I was actually going to recomend Mr Marshall here but assumed Chris knew about him, but now that he’s shown up I’ll second the recomendation, he’s always seemed like a good sport to me."
But the very next comment made an accusation that suddenly caused me to see the light:
Blog whoring again, DM?
And so I replied:
No, Otrame, I’m not “blog whoring,” I’m answering the OP by recommending a good (I think) discussion forum that meets the criteria mentioned above.
If I were to recommend my books, and they were on-subject, I wouldn’t see anything perverse, sinful or kinky about that, either. If you own an ice cream parlor, and someone asks, “Where can I get some good ice cream?”, and you really do think your ice cream is optimal, would saying so constitute “banana split whoring” in your eyes? (Not that I make any money from on-line activity, which is mostly a temptation.)
Beware of the "damned if you do, damned if you don't" mentality that you so often find among fanatics, like those who dominate Pharyngula.
And if you disagree with me, and have a legitimate site to back up your point (this does require a certain level of trust, don't abuse it, and please give us reason to trust you by thoughtful comments in the first place) feel free to supplement your comments by linking to an appropriate site.