Hey SBM Fam,
Just a heads up that we’ve switched to the Disqus commenting system. Moving forward, you’ll need to log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Disqus (very easy to sign up) to comment on the site. You may be wondering why we added this extra step and the answer is simple:
We want our commenting community back.
If you’ve been around for a while, you remember the days of consistently great daily discussions (often with 200+ comments). Well, somewhere along the way, we made the mistake of letting “freedom of speech” go too far here. We took a laid back approach to moderating comments and it backfired. Trolling and personal attacks became regular things on SBM and it sucked. This in turn led to the exodus of many SBM regulars and tarnished what had taken years to build. It also, in some cases, made for a shitty experience for new visitors to the site; leading us to lose people before we had a chance to show them who we really are. Put more simply:
Our bad yo. We fucked up.
We know it’s gonna take a while to rebuild the trust we’ve lost over time. Switching up the commenting system and requiring people to authenticate is the first of many steps to create a safe environment where our readers can openly discuss whatever’s on their minds. Don’t get it twisted though…
Good debates are encouraged. Name-calling and personal attacks are not.
Going forward, you will be able to flag hateful, malicious, spammy, and trollish comments for review by a moderator. Please DO NOT use this option just because someone disagrees with you or they’re #HomelyInTheFace! The goal here is for you to help us rid the SBM community of trolls, and ensure discussions stay on the up and up. We’ll be around a lot more now, but the help is still appreciated.
As mentioned, there are other things we’re working on and we’ll share those things when appropriate. We’re excited about what’s to come and hope you are too. Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you share your thoughts when you have something to say.
Executive Editor, SBM