Hopefully many of you are enjoying this platform. I’m finding it a lot more enjoyable than I anticipated and I intend to maintain it. That said, it is by necessity very lightly moderated. A few reminders about best practice might be helpful.
Don’t worry about “hijacking” a thread. The topic/subtopic structure of the comments mean that you can pretty much post whatever you want and replies can go off in their own direction while other conversations continue. I like it. Go nuts. The more the comments section resembles an old-fashioned message board the better.
Civility on a platform like this is largely a two-dimensional choice. As the wise Homer Simpson once said, “it takes two to lie – one to tell the lie and another to believe it.” Likewise, offensive trollery tends to starve where people ignore it. It blooms, spreads, and spawns where it draws attention. Dumb comments are best left to rot in the digital sun.
Thoughtful disagreement is fuel for a place like this. A reply is a kind of acknowledgement of an interesting and credible opposing viewpoint.
Most of the usual stuff about be respectful and whatnot is unnecessary here. I appreciate that fact a lot.
I’ve learned a lot over the years from the comments on these posts. Thanks for hanging out there and making this so much fun.