I’ve been out celebrating a cluster of birthdays this weekend (my brother and two best friends) and haven’t yet read through the 250+ comments in the previous thread.
I already know what I am going to find and what I am going to do in response so here goes: basically, I hate echo chambers and I hate nannying people even more, so I generally let people have their say in the comment threads.
This policy has always been in place to allow people to substantially dissent from my point of view and to generate debate. In other words, it is there to permit criticism and to prevent this website from becoming another dull, boring echo chamber. I assume that I am going to be wrong on occasion like the time I voted for Mitt Romney.
Unfortunately, this policy of allowing people to have their say avoids one evil – namely, this website degenerating into an echo chamber – while inviting another evil – which is to say, hobby horse riding, attention whoring, and allowing threads to degenerate into snipe fests.
Instead of making a grand new policy statement, I will use my discretion to moderate comment threads to encourage more productive discussions instead of the OD equivalent of WWE Royal Rumble.
Note: Just off the top of my head, here are some examples of content we could do without: men vs. women sniping, conspiracy theories, and unproductive sniping between Southern nationalists and Normal White Americans (NWAs).