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On the Toxicity of Online Commentary and the Future
Since I've returned to blogging a bit more regularly, I've been struggling with the role of comments on a blog or news site. When I first began blogging, I thought they were a natural extension of an activity I love, competitive debate, a place where people can challenge and question each other's ideas, perhaps even find some truth or compromise. That idealistic notion certainly didn't last long, and for ten years of writing at this site, the most unpleasant task has been dealing with comments, whether they come in the form of spam or personal attacks against me and others.