Comment 56880

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted January 18, 2011 at 15:24:59

It's Borrelli with two R's, Smith. Thanks.

I wasn't specifically referring to RTH when making that statement, but as to who plays this role at RTH, it would appear no one, and I think that's the point. I can't say I've ever seen a comment disappear on RTH, suggesting that there isn't any active management of comments (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

As to trolling, I'm not an expert on web communities, but I would suggest that the trolls on RTH get what they deserve. As I've commented before, the voting system on RTH is more akin to an expression of community standards, and I honestly don't understand why some trolls get their knickers in a knot over it.

If you visit a progressive, urbanist website and start trying to sell the neo-liberal gospel without attempting to adhere to community standards, what do you honestly expect the response to be? More importantly, if someone comments while gleefully violating the existing community standards (i.e. respectful dialogue, a focus on reasoned debate instead of expression of opinion or emotions), no one can reasonably expect those comments to be treated as equivalent to all others.

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