I’ve gotten a few emails now from people concerned about the level of vitriol in the comments section.
I’ve noticed it too, though I think it’s in part because passions tend to flare up during election season.
Nevertheless, try to be civil, and engage in debate and discussion without personal attacks and nastiness. Pretend your boss or parents or grandparents will be reading your comment. Or for some of you, pretend that you’re actually writing under your own name.
I’ve been pretty hands-off with the comments, though I have banned about a half-dozen people now. I really don’t want to have to bother with more aggressive monitoring.
None of this is unique to this blog. Comment sections in general tend to be pretty nasty. I’ve just noticed a turn for the worse on this page in recent months. Let’s correct, and move on.