Comments are on hiatus 17 Nov 2005
179 comments Latest by kevin
We’ve been running this blog since 1999 and have had open comments on every post since 2000. We’ve censored less than 10 comments over the years (due to extremely vile, disrespectful, or threatening language). We’ve never required anyone to create an account. We’ve never forced comment approval — everyone’s comments were available immediately for everyone to enjoy and riff on. For 5+ years everything was fair game and it worked quite well.
For the past few months we’ve been pretty disappointed by the noise. The readership on this blog has grown five fold in just the past year or so. It would be great if the quality of the comments and perspectives increased as our readership increased, but instead comments quickly fly off topic. Mud flinging is the norm, not the exception. An occasional cynical comment is good (and welcome!), but when 75% turn negative then it’s just no longer fun. We think that’s a shame and, frankly, we’re tired of the negative energy filling up the threads.
So, for now, comments will be off by default for new posts. We may flip on comments here and there if we think a fair and respectful conversation about a topic can be had, but we don’t want to be the breeding grounds for any more negativity. If you’ve got some boiling inside, take it elsewhere please. Take it to your own blog (we’ve turned on trackbacks so feel free to continue the conversation).
We hope those who find what we have to say interesting stick around. To those that don’t, thanks for listening and being part of the conversation. This is a temporary move, although there’s no saying how long temporary might be. We’ve opened this one post up for comments, so vent away.