This post contains a few thoughts on what can be done about negative comments.
Douglas Crockford laments “assholes” posting comments:
Yes, the world is full of stupid assholes. I don't know why that is, but it's true. Which ordinarily doesn't bother me, except that a lot of them like to comment. I post something, and right away some asshole posts some snark. Or thinks it is important to demonstrate that they misread the post. Or just wants to change the subject.I’ve come to appreciate unrestricted commenting: It gives me information and perspectives I couldn’t have possibly come up with myself. But every now and then, there are inane comments being posted. Most recent example on my blog: “IDE’s [sic] are for retards”. That was the complete comment. Well-argued, thoughtful – what’s not to like? People who post stuff like this clearly aren’t interested in having a meaningful conversation. I know, because so far, I’ve always responded, but never heard back. Useless negative comments drag down everyone, so what can be done about them?
The Plus gives me two options. I can let them dumb down my page, or I can delete their comments. So I delete their comments. So then they come back, and now it's about them having a right to comment on anything that want (which they don't), and shame on me for deleting stuff that I don't agree with.
Then they come back again, threatening and abusive. So now I have to delete their comments and block them.
[Follow-up post: “Comments Still Off”]
I was hoping that the Plus would get a No Asshole Comments option, but they haven't yet. But they do let me say that only people in my circles can comment. That is pretty good because there are no assholes in my circles, but unfortunately, the world is full of non-assholes too, and most of them can't comment on my posts. So if you want to comment here, you have to get to know me.Disadvantage: You don’t get input from people who you are not acquainted with. And I’ve gotten valuable information from unexpected sources.