Housekeeping Comments on Comments
posted by July 17 at 12:16 PMon
Over the last couple of years we’ve had hundreds of thousands of comments on Slog, most of them pertinent, witty, and intelligent. From time to time we’ve removed comments—mostly spam, completely off-topic posts, and incidents of someone impersonating someone else. We don’t remove comments based on their ideological or political point of view.
We’ve never had a written comments policy, but we’re thinking about adding one to our blogs. We’re working on a definition of what’s acceptable and where to draw the line in terms of hate speech, threatening language, and ad hominem attacks. Our goal is to maintain an environment that’s lively, positive, and orderly, but not oppressive. What do you think of this plan? What guidelines should we set for comments?