Periodic USSM comment update
Here’s the state of USSM commenting:
You’ll note a lot more disappearing comments lately. The short version is that editing comments to say “[namecalling, see comment guidelines]” each time is a pain. So they’re just going away without comment. Off-topic posts, same thing. Semi-spammy links… nuked. And so on. We haven’t yet started regularly deleting posts that are awful in content (spelling/punctuation/etc), but we’re getting there. That’s not the kind of conversation we want to have, and I worry that that kind of stuff spreads quickly.
All of which has actually led me to wonder what the value in having explanatory comment guidelines. But that’s a whole other thing.
And you AOL people… you’re killing me.