Comments Are Disabled Until Further Notice

I apologize to most commenters….

I will have to end commenting until I can figure out how to ban them….

But there are some who just enjoy sabotage and fragging.

I don’t know how to fix it at the moment, so I’m going to possibly simply destroy the blog by letting it go dark.

But I don’t know what else to do.

Someone somewhere (I forget who or where)  linked to this Volokh Conspiracy post and image from January:

In my experience, there are two basic conditions of strong comment threads. Here’s the first condition: Comments need to be relatively open and accessible to those using a pseudonym. If you make it too hard to comment, or you require real names, most will stay away. They won’t want to engage, for a range of personal and professional reasons.

And here’s the second condition: There needs to be some way to moderate threads to delete inappropriate comments or ban commenters who are out of line. For every one Internet commenter who is consistently thoughtful and interesting, there are X Internet commenters who are either inclined to be or can be coaxed into becoming abrasive and obnoxious. Consider the well-known “Greater Internet fuckwad theory” from the site Penny Arcade:

I haven’t seen it as a huge problem here, but tell me if I haven’t been paying attention (w/out naming names, please).

Update: Reopened (h/t NC Mountain Girl).

Also, I’ve noticed that blog posts about commenting get a lot of comments.