High Quality Blog Comments

David Hoffman of Temple University and the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale recently mentioned this site over at Concurring Opinions, a blog about law and policy. He said he thought the comments here were pretty good – so thank you to everyone who has commented on something written here.
It’s always been a mystery to me why website owners publish rude or offensive messages just because someone else sent them in. True, it’s hard to screen comments on sites with lots of visitors, but many sites have relatively few visits. I don’t think there’s a case for saying that the rules of everyday politeness cease to apply on-line. If anything we should be more polite to one another – after all, the exchange of words and images is all we have to go on.

On the other hand, maybe there’s a free-speech argument to be made…

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