What a junk comment looks like: A Warning to Comment Trolls

This blog was just graced with an awesome comment, and I didn’t want anyone to miss it.

The piercing insight into the post, the added information for us all to share, the affirmation of the central thesis, the rebuttal of other less well-thought-out details, it is, in fact, the best blog comment eveah:

New comment on your post #2783 “Tundra Medicine Dreams: Moving. Ugh.”
Author : David Zahaluk, MD (IP: , adsl-68-94-179-235.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net)
E-mail : Zahaluk@

URI    : http://www.UltimatePracticeBuilder.com
Whois  : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=
Great job!  We physicians need to keep connected and you have moved the conversation forward.  But why are there so few blogs concerning the business of running a practice?  That’s why I started my blog at www.UltimatPracticeBuilder.com.  I hope I live up to the high standards you have set.
David Zahaluk, MD
Founder MIP Practice PerformanceYou can see all comments on this post here:

Oh, wait, that’s not what it was, at all.  It was shameless self promotion from someone too lazy to write and ask for a link (which I usually do), and so clueless he thinks dumping this stinking fish in my comments was both warranted and acceptable.  Doofus.
Every blogger gets this kinda junk, and I will typically delete it and and the idiot, but I’m tired of it.
So, Kudos to you, David Zahaluk, MD!  Yours is a message constrained by neither decency nor taste, and now you get the full, front-page treatment you knew you deserved all along, but were too shy/arrogant/presumptuous to ask for!  Congratulations!
(In his defense, he probably thought this was an abandoned blog given my recent posting frequency, making this more of a cynical, take-advantage-of-a-dead-blog for a Google rank / Technorati page rank thing.)
Holy Crap!  It’s a gift that keeps on giving!  While composing this, I got the following update comment:
Whois  : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=
Sorry, I misquoted my blog address.  It’s actually http://www.ultimatepracticebuilder.com/###/blog.php for those who share my interest in practice building.



So, not just all of the above, but an incompetent linker, to boot.  Wow.  When I though it couldn’t get better…

(Yes, I’m aware of the irony that this will give the comment dumper more attention than he’d get otherwise, but it’s worth it for the satisfaction of getting this off my chest.  And, yes, I went ahead and banned him anyway).

Holy Crap2! The link takes you to some admin page, so I’ve had to modify it somewhat to assuage my conscience. Check his ‘blog’ link, though, so you won’t miss the credit card spam there since August 17th (I have a screen cap).


  1. And now you’ve all seen why I say Gruntdoc is my hero :)

    Go get ’em, man! Blog spam stinks, and I hate that people feel the need to sales pitch like a door to door salesman who can’t make enough sales to meet his monthly quota. It’s not only pathetic, but that kind of off-topic comment distracts from the effect of an awesome blog and it’s comments! Awesome post!

  2. I looked him up. At least he is who he says he is, most of the “physicians” you run into like that dropped out of residency in their first year or something of the sort.

  3. Long time reader, first time commenter..

    Nothing on the internet gets me more upset than a troll or someone looking for an e-fight. Way to call them out on it!

  4. It’s funny to see a GruntDoc rant once in a while.
    Still laughing.

  5. Very cool! That poor bastard, kind of reminds of the the guys and gals who loose their prescriptions (every two weeks) for Vicodin, Xanax, fentanyl patches and all of their ‘insulin’ syringes, but don’t need the actual insulin refilled because they have obviously been taking it religiously and are well controlled with a blood sugar of 89. Just need a refill of the other stuff…as if ….

    By the way there is a possible writing in medicine/emergency medicine conference still in the pipe dream phase, but if it comes together how’d you like speak about creating a successful blog, to go along with the docs who write for television, or have published work? Not sure where but either east or west coast probably.


  6. Well done! Got the same dump on my blog…just wish I’d acted as creatively as you…

  7. good laugh. i’m sort of jealous that i didn’t get this spam. maybe because i don’t share his interest in practice building??


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