Over the last couple of months we’ve made some additions to the comments policy. Check it out.
While we’re on the subject, there have been some guerrilla efforts to moderate threads through chastising of trolls and/or complaining about the comment policy. There are currently three people (John, Ben, and me) who have moderating authority and I’d appreciate it if you left it to us. If you think someone is trolling the best response is to not feed them. This is well-established internet practice and makes it easier for us to clean up the thread if it’s needed. More below the jump.
The objective of the comments policy is to allow sober discussion of whatever issue is at hand. That may be a really broad issue like why transit is good, or it might be an exceedingly narrow one about wrapping ORCA in tinfoil, or which alignment is best for a streetcar. It is impossible to have such a discussion if (1) people are getting personal, or (2) threads about micro subjects are constantly hijacked into whatever big-picture debates people want to have.
If you think transit is socialism, or trains have no place in the Puget Sound, or that Sound Transit is a den of incompetents and thieves, this is going to be a pretty tough place for you to hang out unless you can set that aside and discuss the topic at hand. You’re welcome to stick around, or only read the posts about Metro cuts or what have you. It’d be nice; a comment thread is pretty useless if I get nothing but attaboys.
On a related note, people have occasionally asked for a forum. As editor-in-chief, my position is that it’s challenging enough to get a bunch of volunteers to generate content to keep the blog going; setting a forum up (to say nothing of moderating it) is simply not in the cards. However, when we get email about it I reply that if someone is interested in doing that work we’d be willing to discuss branding, hosting, and other technical issues, at which point the interest usually stops. However, we do have open threads to address whatever you’d like.