Insight: Life as an F/m group moderator

I already shared this on twitter, so if you follow me there (and why wouldn’t you?!), you’ve heard this story already :).

This is a story about that one time some dude got super mad because he thought someone was saying he had a small dick (spoiler: they weren’t).

As a moderator of a large F/m discussion group, I get an email from That Angry Dude (TAD) because someone in a thread attacked him and WHY AREN’T I ON TOP OF IT THIS IS BULLSHIT.

TAD’s already mad, but attacks ARE bullshit. So I check the thread, I don’t see any attacks.

I tell him I don’t see it.

TAD goes ballistic in my inbox about how all you feminazis stick together and you cunts suck and fuck you, I’m reporting you to the caretakers you fucking bitch. This is NOT ON!

I check the thread again. Nope, nothing.

I’m very confused, though of course my care-level now is nil because TAD is abusing me.

But being the good mod that I am, I ask for more information.

He gives me the name of the Cunty McBitchface who said the thing.

I check again where they’ve interacted.

Nope, nothing resembling an attack, and I tell him I genuinely have no idea what he’s talking about.

TAD is very very unhappy with me, with the world, with his fucking sad little life, and has no hesitation in telling me so with lots of swearage.

Then he quotes what that vicious attacker said.

He’d made a comment starting with “We think…”
The woman had replied with “Who’s ‘we’? You & that mouse in your pocket?”

TAD was triumphant in pointing out this egregious attack:

I could NOT stop laughing.

I had seen the comment, of course but that’s… not an attack…

I politely (ok fine, condescendingly) pointed out that that’s not what it means, and included a link to a definition:

“Who ‘we’? You and that mouse in your pocket” or “You got a mouse in your pocket?” is a retort in response to a speaker referring to themselves in the plural, often as an attempt to pull others into a situation or to make it sound as if others agree with them. Asking someone if they have a mouse in their pocket is accusing them of overstating their support or resources in an argument.

*laughs and laughs*

Did he apologise?

Come on now. Don’t be daft!

TAD don’t apologise to nobody, you stupid bitch!

He then ranted at me, claiming that I must have known all along that he didn’t understand and that I was just being a fucking bitch pretending I didn’t know what he was talking about.

So obviously the entire thing was All My Fault for not realising how ignorant he was. Yes yes, that sounds like an entirely reasonable take on the situation.

Moral of this story: TAD does indeed have a tiny dick.


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  1. Well played.

    The mouse in your pocket…an adage I heard from my mother every single day growing up. English humor.

    People rise to the level of their incompetence. It’s just that some don’t rise very high. TAD may be grazing the bushes after takeoff, if he ever gains that much altitude.

  2. Quite some years back I was the admin of a high-traffic forum. I once had a similar issue with someone blowing-up over something that they had completely misunderstood. Their definition of a word was not the official definition, and they were up in arms over this. No amount of dictionary references or reassurances could change their mind and they left very, very angry with everyone. Ironically, the word was ‘ignorance’ (used in “ignorance of the law is no excuse”).

    1. I get quite a few TADs in my inbox, just… most of them aren’t funny. More’s the pity.

      Related: Random dude corrects The Guardian over their (correct) use of the word ‘vulva’.
      Him: “The correct word is vagina”
      Everyone: “STFU and sit down”
      Him: “Oops, my bad. Sorry” <= Hahahaha just kidding. OF COURSE HE DIDN'T DO THAT :D Nope, next ten tweets were him 'splaining how not-wrong he was because reasons... Witness the glory of wrongness :P.


  3. This blog is informative and educational as well as funny! I’ve never heard that expression before! I’ve learnt something. I’ve also learnt not to call it a pocket mouse.

    BTW Cunty McBitchface is the favourite name for when we next vote on what to call a boat, since we used Boaty McBoatface.

    1. I’m glad I could help with your ongoing education.

      Also just looked up FL to see if that nick was used somewhere. Nope, but I did find Cunty McShitballs and I’ll totally pay that one :).


  4. I hope the mouse creates its own profile so it can post independently on your discussion group. The stories it could tell about TAD…

  5. I was a regular on your forum a few years back and, given what was in the threads, can only guess the kind of crap you had to deal with as a mod. This one at least was funny.

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