Because of an appalling outbreak of taunting and bullying behavior on the part of several commenters on this blog, I temporarily shut down all comments on the blog, deleted about 40 particularly offensive comments and edited many others to remove offensive material (the deletions are clearly marked). Four commenters have been added to the moderation list meaning that their comments will not appear here until they are individually reviewed for compliance with the editorial policy.
This is just the latest in several incidents where people have been attacked and run off from the blog. I do not intend for this to be a “hostile web site” by tolerating behavior that would get someone quickly fired from a real job for creating a hostile workplace. Just because someone is wrong does not make them subhuman.
I am personally ashamed that I let things go as far as I did and for as long as I did.
Update: Normal commenting for most visitors is now restored. Comments on this article are closed.