A few blogs I occasionally read treat comments in a way that I don’t understand. To be blunt, they allow asshole behavior of all sorts among the comments. In an in-person discussion this stuff would undermine people’s ability to have an intellectually productive discussion. The same is basically true online. In person, most folk would eventually tell these folk to shut the fuck up, or would go elsewhere to have the conversation. Why this doesn’t happen more often online is beyond me, when it’s so easy – delete and edit the asshole comments. Easy peasy. It’s particularly weird because some of the people who run these blogs teach for a living, a job which requires people in the classroom to occasionally do what I’m suggesting. Ugh.