Sounds good to me
Springfield's State Journal-Register newspaper allows comments on their site, as most paper's have begun doing. And like the local papers and this blog as well, it tends to inspire a disturbing number of numbnuts and flakes to try their hand at writing their unique brand of semi-legible, pointless gibberish. I suspect these are the sort of bitterly frustrated people who feel compelled to scrawl obscenities on bathroom walls. And they seem to be particularly virulent as Christmas approaches, which isn't condusive to holly jolly and all that.
So, as noted by Rich Miller at Capitol Fax, the Journal-Register has devised what I feel is a great idea...
So, in celebration of the holiday spirit, here’s the plan: For one day — Wednesday — sj-r.com will host the first-ever “Peace and Goodwill Reader Comments Day.”It's such a good idea in fact, that I'm adopting it here as well. We'll see what happens.
From 7 a.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday, the only comments that will make it onto the site will be ones that follow that old saying from mom: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
That means no being critical, cynical, sarcastic, whiney or otherwise Scrooge-ish. We’ll still allow some debate on the issues, but you’re going to need to be really, really nice to each other. As always, the decisions of our screeners will be final.
Depending on how this goes, we may host more of these “Peace and Goodwill” comment days throughout the year. I’d be happy to hear your feedback — as long as you’re nice about it.
So far, not so good. Within 30 seconds of posting this, I'd received two comments (along with the usual Jacobs is God, Boland is trash stuff) from my little stalker in East Moline...
"You are a wack-job!", and...."This is the second stupidist thing I have ever read. You are a wack-job!" and ...."You are A WACK-JOB. STAY OUT OF YOUR MOM'S PANTY DRAWERS! gROSSssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeee
Ho Ho HO! indeed. What a shame (and embarassment)
Within a half hour this morning, a troll left 24 hate comments on about 20 different posts. Take a look here.
Not only couldn't they post anything constructive or positive, but they spent a solid half hour doing nothing but frantically leaving idiotic attacks.