I thought long and hard about this, as I’m sure this will cost me some commenters. But it’s simply gotten out of hand. Every time I’ve gotten a link from certain liberal blogs, I’ve gotten a flood of commenters who believe it is the height of wit to call me (or other commenters) names, or speculate on the wilder details of my sex life. Over time, those commenters have accumulated, and they’re now chasing away people who want to have a conversation beyond “Here’s what I hate about [liberals/conservatives]!” or spewing insults at a third grade reading level.
I can’t blame her. It was getting to the point where I found her comment threads becoming nearly as unreadable as LGF’s, despite being nowhere near as long.
Although commenter Tim Maguire notes:
It occurs to me that if there are a large number of comments, I rarely read more than the first handful.
Maybe those, says Maguire, are the problem threads, and having experienced the same phenomenon, I’m inclined to agree.
I posted a note of assent on the announcement thread, citing recurrent issues with sock-puppetry as ample justification for going to registration.
And my regulars will remember that I experimented briefly with it last fall, but decided it wasn’t necessary. Either I have better-behaved commenters, or I just don’t attract the attention of “certain liberal blogs.” Or both. Then again, she (more precisely, The Atlantic) is still running Movable Type.