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3-21-2010 @ 4:57PM
We're not interested in turning off comments on the site, although the option has been discussed.We're also not interested, as authors, in shooting down anyone who disagrees with us -- but I do encourage the staff to respond respectfully to people when they bring up legitimate concerns (and "get rid of author X" is not a legitimate concern, it's nothing more than trolling). There also is no need for tin-foil hats. We don't go around and downrate comments, and there's absolutely no way for myself or others to downvote a comment automatically. It takes a certain number of people for a comment to become grayed out (i don't even know what this number is), but I can tell you it's not being done by the authors.Commenters are an important part of the community, but just like everything there has to be some ground rules; which is the point of this article and subsequent participation.
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