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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 31, 2014

A Quick Clean-Up

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Posted by Derek

Well, while I wasn't watching over the weekend, the comments section to this post kind of veered off the road. I've deleted a number of trolling comments, and all the various replies to them, and further comments to that entry are now closed. I rarely do this sort of thing, but (ironically) I was just saying the other evening that pretty much the only time I delete comments is when they're nothing but ad hominem. There are plenty of other places on the web to trade insults and gibberish (some sites specialize in nothing but), so I don't think it's any great loss to the world if this site doesn't join in. We'll now resume our regularly scheduled programming.

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1. annon four on March 31, 2014 11:04 AM writes...

Glad you did this. The comments were insulting to all in the industry, independent of gender.

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2. Anonymous on March 31, 2014 11:32 AM writes...

Thanks, Derek. I'm wondering if you can have a button on your page to flag such posts.

Or maybe a button for the small-minded trolls themselves, which says "click me to get some attention" and pops up a little message on their screens which says, "congratulations, you now have some attention!".

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3. bhip on March 31, 2014 1:06 PM writes...

Whew! Felt like CafePhama there, for a minute....

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4. newnickname on March 31, 2014 2:24 PM writes...

If I may argue ad ductum ("to the duct") or ad extremum aquæductus ("to the conduit"), Pipeline is an excellent blog and the deleted material will not be missed. In fact, Pipeline is better off w/o it.

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5. Wheels17 on March 31, 2014 3:35 PM writes...

Thank you for taking the time to return your excellent blog to its usual standards. I was kind of surprised to see it there, and happy to not see it anymore.

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6. daen on March 31, 2014 6:06 PM writes...

Yes, indeedy. Apart from Derek's OPs, the comments from real-life industry & academic practitioners are something that make "In The Pipeline" such a great (and relevant) resource. I'm sorry things momentarily descended to the Great Flood Plain of Sewage that exemplifies so much of the rest of the web, Derek.

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7. Captain Ned on March 31, 2014 6:27 PM writes...

And I humbly apologize for feeding the troll.

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8. White Powder on March 31, 2014 7:16 PM writes...

"There are plenty of other places on the web to trade insults and gibberish (some sites specialize in nothing but" Can you provide some links Derek so I can spend my time at those sites instead of yours? Your blog just makes me hungry. Now, you are talking about hot dogs. I want a hot dog

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9. eyesoars on March 31, 2014 9:47 PM writes...

Thank you. They're much better off in the great bit-bucket in the sky, and so is this site.

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10. Captain Ned-2 on March 31, 2014 9:49 PM writes...

first and formmost - DL should stop posting "material and incidents that truly belong in the INQUIRER"

Secondly - if you must post such topics -- then please dont turn into a Kim Jong Il and censor. last I checked - this is america and not the backwaters of arkansas, north korea or iran.

Thirdly - in the last post "Anton" brought real topic to fore. if we cannot have a spirited debate on issues (women, homos etc. as long as it is not vulgar or profane)then what is the purpose of this blog. mean spirited-ness is not grounds to put a "troll" label. People have different levels and tolerances of "mean-ness".

Fourth - many truly scientific topics discussed here have never elicited spirited debates (not more than 5 responses on average). Gossip-quality topics have generated most traffic and responses. what does that indicate about the people passing through this blog. shall we call it what it is -- we are all "trolls or elite-ists masquerading as"

I dont think the "so-called Trolls" have a problem with the "elite-ist jerks"

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11. Captain Ned on March 31, 2014 11:16 PM writes...

I don't know who this "Captain Ned-2" is, but it sure as hell isn't me. I'm betting Anton. Just want to be clear on this.

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