Or you can just ignore the comments altogether

The management has received a minor but hard-to-ignore flurry of emails pleading for Something To Be Done about a nuisance that has made itself at home in this website’s comments. One suggestion is that the root cause of the problem is a condition whose sufferers:

…are fighting the reality of their insignificance and lost value and are trying to re-establish their self-esteem … believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings.

and who display

inability to admit wrongdoing … [proneness] to severe bouts of anger …  the ability to write friends off forever. 

Sad.

Thanks to modern technology, it is possible to spare innocent bystanders the distress of witnessing this unpleasantness, and – more important – to offer the afflicted person/s an opportunity to wean themselves from their obsession with this site for long enough to obtain professional help. But it does mean that, for the time being, (civil) comments may be delayed for a while after they are submitted.

The Malevolence Filter whirs into action. Now we can now go and deposit our monthly 10-guinea cheque from MI6.


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6 Responses to Or you can just ignore the comments altogether

  1. Tiu Fu Fong says:

    I preferred it more when you were more aloof and didn’t acknowledge the tantrums and ruckus in the comments section/kids’ sandpit. Now commenters will just be motivated to shriek more loudly in attention-seeking.

  2. Historian says:

    This is a good step, better for now than banning comments altogether, although if and when that day comes I doubt you will lose any readers.

  3. Vile Traveller says:

    No, please, ban us altogether! Stop this dilution of the Signal!

  4. Herr Torquewrench says:

    A most welcome development – thanks!

  5. Vito Corleone says:

    As a reasonable man I’m willing to do whatever’s necessary to find a peaceful solution to these problems.

  6. bluesea says:

    Thank you. It was getting very tiresome. (And I can’t resist clicking on “comments”.)

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