commented on We Still Get Great Comments (From Great Commenters) Here On Slog
Here's an option that could discourage spammers/trolls while maintaining a measure of anonymity: Make registered users pay a one-time fee to comment. Somebody that gets repeatedly banned isn't going to pay $5 every time they want to register a new account.
This would raise some funds (which Keck would like) to pay for moderation and/or go towards a cause. It would also leave a paper trail to hold truly awful or threatening people accountable.
I'm not a huge fan of Disqus, and I know somebody put a lot of work into MyStrangerFace... But the comment system needs some help. It sucks that you can't edit anything. And if we had threaded comments, it would make it easier for people to stay on topic.
Also, where is the Slog commenting policy? That should be easy to find for multiple reasons.
Dec 19, 2016
commented on The Morning News: Tree Falls On Wedding Party, Toddler Killed in Road Rage, App Turns Trump Into Cats
But did this tragedy come out of the blue? Was it just pure bad luck? Only a question of being at the wrong place at the wrong time? To some extent, yes. But we also do not see trees in the way we see ourselves and other animals. We are for the most part in the dark about this form of life, which is profoundly social.
Charles, are you implying that the tree was driven to murder? Did you put mushrooms in your coffee?
Dec 16, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Big Big Love
At 270 lbs, I'd think suffocation would be a bigger worry than crushing his skull. (I'm not trying to be dick, but that's a lot of flesh.)
BBW, you should probably agree on a way for him to tap out if he isn't getting enough oxygen.
Nov 30, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: We Will Never Get Closure On CLOSURE
we should all be kind and compassionate when dumping someone, if at all possible, and an explanation that helps the dumpee get themselves to closure counts as compassionate and considerate
is 180 degrees from
if getting dumped—which is always a risk—is impacting your mental health this severely, your issues may be bigger than "my ex didn't dump me juuuuust right."
Dan's advice on the original letter essentially amounted to "man up, and if you are so fragile you can't handle being dumped, get your head examined."
There are certainly advantages to stoicism ( a trait which men are socially conditioned to adopt), but the poor guy wrote in asking for advice and got gaslighted about being a potential abuser and a bit of a basket case instead.
I can't help wondering if Dan's original response would have been different if CLOSURE was a woman.