We can roll out a million product tools to help us deal with bad actors, but what we actually need to do is build a community that doesn’t allow bad actors to flourish in the first place.
That comes down to, again, the relationship between the people who work at The Verge and the audience who reads it and cares about it. That’s a much harder solution than we’re gonna build in down-rank buttons and shadow bans. In certain posts, we chose to leave the comment thread on.
Here’s how they’re all using social media to encourage reader discussion.
For a short period at the end of 2014, it appeared that publishers had reached a breaking point in their ongoing struggle with reader comments.
The community that happens on the website is super important.
But it’s just one community out of 12 different communities we maintain.
Before the election, Eminem released an eight-minute anti-Trump track titled "Campaign Speech", with lines including: "A f*ckin' loose cannon who's blunt with his hand on the button/ Who doesn't have to answer to no one—great idea!