Here’s a new question for you:
I am hugely grateful for the terrific commentary 98% of you post. For the most part, I leave the comments pretty open ended. The Commentariat here are intelligent, insightful, enormously helpful. Wired magazine calls this process "Crowdsourcing."
Then, there’s that other 2%.
I almost deleted a comment personally disrespectful to me — but I figured I’d let it slide.
Then I pulled up this person’s comment history: a grand total of 8 comments over 3 months, most of which were smarmy, unhelpful, borderline troll behavior — and worst of all, quite frequently wrong:
• I think you’re wrong on the FIRST QUARTER, Barry. It’s going to come in hot! (2/21/06)
• The chart says buy the S&P 500. It is due to catch up (3/21/06)
• CORE inflation is benign. (5/19/06)
So I deleted the comment. Disrespect me in my house, you’re out on your ass.
Here is the Crowdsourcing question: What is the preference for handling these issues?
• Leave the comment intact; The market place will ignore bad ideas/unhelpful posters;
• Respond directly in the comment; (see the last comment here as an example);
• Edit out the offensive part; (Nanny blog lives!)
• Delete the comment; (with extreme prejudice)
• Delete dumb comments and ban the offender! (Long live the Benevolent Dictator)
I’m not sure the best way to go, but I am very curious about the group dynamic.
I’ve been spending alot of time dealing with comment/trackback spam, and ignoring some of the other issues with comments — but I want to clean them up, keep the comment function useful, and also stay vigilant against trolls.
What say ye?
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.