After the Jezebel/Gawker troll incident, debates about comments have been popping up again. PSMag wants to kill comments.

Wired points out using real names doesn't stop trolls.

Indifferent corporations don't help either.

Why Zelda Williams' trolls are still online.


Online harassment, and what it does to women and their partners.

Arguments against free speech.


Tricking Facebook's algorithms, controlling the conversation.

Whacking trolls with collaborative social blocking.


It's not just commenters. "All thinking is relevant" in the thought catalog. Which leads to shit like this.

I'm going to end with this. "How to be polite".

People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don't have to have an opinion. You don't need to make a judgment. I know that doesn't sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life's riches.