Question for the Commentariat

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 | 11:12 PM

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?

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The easiest policy is best. Just announce a policy that disrespectful comments will be deleted, and delete them, no editing and no discussion. No reason to allow people to disrespect your space. And if people know they can't do that here, there will be less provocation and a higher level of discussion.

Posted by: camille roy | Jun 21, 2006 11:23:43 PM

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