Sunday, May 06, 2007

New Policy on Comments


The quality of the comments sections has become so disgraceful that I am instituting a new policy by fiat. Really, I should delete almost every one of the comments in the last post. After repeated requests and complaints by various readers, I will be eliminating any comment that does not contribute to meaningful dialogue (as defined by the contributors to this blog) from now on.

We have had a number of very good exchanges on here; my hope is that these will continue. But it is obvious that our laissez faire policy has led to a very serious deterioration in the discourse of the comments section. It's embarrassing to look at this stuff, especially when you compare it to the civilized and interesting exchanges taking place on some of our friends' sites. Look at the discussion on Jeha's blog for example, or the comments to Lisa's latest post.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

this problem began right after Angry Arab linked to you from his blog, I think.

ariel said...

Here here, Amos.

Anonymous said...

"angryarab would never link to these adolescant zionists."

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2007/03/angry-arab-at-berkeley.html

Amos said...

Anonymous 7:33,
I've deleted the comment that contains the sentence that you quoted. But yes, you're right, they probably found the blog through Angry Arab.

Redel said...

It's sad you had to do this, but I think you did have to. I know I'd given up on the comments. Can you leave a "comment deleted" note or something when you remove something?

Shaul Ha Cohen said...

Monday, May 07, 2007
Dear Amos,
Thanks for your prompt action. Much appreciated.
Shaul Ha Cohen

Rebecca said...

Thanks, Amos.

Amos said...

Thanks for the feedback guys. I was wondering if I had made the right decision.

Redel - next time, if I delete things, I will leave the "comment deleted note." However, now that we've switched to moderation, those comments won't appear anyway.