Granted, after cracking one tooth and breaking another one in half, I'm a little grumpy. I wasn't able to fly off to Netroots Nation this morning like I'd planned and I might have to miss the trip altogether. But when I saw this post from Letters of Note, I have to admit, I feel the same way often.
In a move which thankfully won't affect the vast majority of you, I have today disabled comments on Letters of Note. Permanently.
All complaints should be directed towards a section of society to whom the concept of even vaguely civil discussion means nothing. This collective waste of flesh, bone, and dangerously limited brain function have caused me to dread opening each and every "New Comment" notification I've received over the past twelve months or so, to the point where I now cannot continue justifying the moderation of these imbecilic, repugnant grunts when it takes up such an inordinate amount of my willpower and, more importantly, time. I'd rather spend my hours happily expanding the archives of Letters of Note than clean up after a keyboard-wielding gaggle of cowardly, dim-witted, knuckle-dragging reprobates who have nothing better to do than gleefully splash their fetid saliva all over my efforts and then roll around in the puddle until I'm able to press "Delete Comment." I refuse to waste another minute.
When we launched the new design, we considered killing the comments section altogether. One of the most common jokes among the Ed Team is that the job wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the people who comment and complain about everything or try to start daily flame wars. It's not the majority of Projectors by any means, but that vocal minority has really turned people off to our comments section. It's the most common negative people mention about the site.
So how do we fix it? Your suggestions and thoughts are welcome because we're going to have to find a solution we can all live with. The Ed Team is much smaller now and, quite frankly, I don't have the time to constantly monitor and delete comments. I don't get paid enough for that. So what's the solution?