I commented last week on the rising lack of civility and accompanying decline in the quality of comments. I do not know if these are independent developments or not. I cannot control for the latter, but the former is disturbing and serves to drive out good observations.
In particular, I find ad hominem attacks particularly destructive, yet despite my warning, I see they are occurring at a higher level than before. In fact, one comment today slurred three separate parties. Another post attracted a number of vicious comments.
Maybe some of you enjoy this sort of thing, but I don’t. It is one thing to call out policy makers for their measures that look short sighted at best, corrupt at worst, quite another to engage in name calling. Frankly, it makes me want to quit writing altogether.
I cannot help but notice that virtually all the unacceptable comments come from Anons.
This is going to be a drag for all you responsible and regular commentors, many of whom do use handles, but I am disabling anonymous comments for the indefinite future. I am saddened at how the comment section has degraded and I hope this might help bring it back to its former level.
I know this is a pain for regular readers who are willing to use handles to identify themselves, and I know a lot of you thought many of the anonymous comments had value. I agree, and I hope many of them will decide to participate in the new format. Other bloggers highly endorse this step, and frankly, I have no other recourse save deleting comments more aggressively, which I am loath to do, both from a philosophical and practical standpoint. I trust you will understand and will register so you can continue to leave your valuable (and often funny) input and sanity testing.