Opinions versus idiotic comments
The conversation sometimes disintegrates. Some people cannot resist idiotic, uncivil and sometimes hateful drivel.
I recently added myself to the people at the newspaper who receive an e-mail when a reader clicks on "report abuse" after a comment. I see who filed the report, what the comment included, and the filer's summation of why it should be removed. Then I decide whether to remove it or leave it alone.
In the last couple of weeks I've been inundated with reports, and I have been removing more than half of the comments, most of whom are from just one or two people. I am debating whether to ban them outright. I encourage readers to share their comments, and implore them to keep it civil. My patience for people misusing our site for stupid, mean, meaningless potshots is running out.