Brian Leiter's Law School Reports

Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Turmoil in the World of Law Blog Comments

Jack Balkin (Yale) has finally had to pull comments on his fine blog.  "Above the Law"--whose comments sections are a cesspool of juvenile nonsense, misogyny and racism rivalling Autoadmit--isn't really cleaning things up, just trying to hide it a bit more.  Orin Kerr (George Washington) comments on his efforts to maintain a worthwhile "comments" culture on his blog postings.  My own comments policy is here.  At my philosophy blog, where I have the same policy but open comments more often, the approach has been quite popular with readers; as one wrote

The vast majority of discussion on the internet is worthless, your blog being a rare exception. If comments are not moderated it is safe to assume not only that there will be more junk comments, but that this decrease in average quality will cause a decrease in the number of worthwhile comments as well. Many of the most informative and best-considered comments in current discussions come from well-respected, and no doubt very busy, philosophers, whom I imagine would have little desire to spend their scant free time engaging with belligerent internet trolls.

Law in Cyberspace | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Turmoil in the World of Law Blog Comments: