How surprising to see online comments allowed under a story condemning them (“Me against the Troll Army,” December). I wish that the author weren’t right and that we could have intelligent conversations online, facilitated by journalists. Instead, vitriol pervades comment boards and social media. Still, I’m determined to allow alternative opinions into my life: it’s dangerous to delete them.
Two changes will eliminate much of the abuse. First, do not allow anonymous comments. Second, use a live moderator. The writer has my sympathy — for several years, I was a web editor at the Winnipeg Free Press and moderating comments was one of my duties — but when you’re in control, the cesspool smells only as bad you let it. Gordon Arnold
To date on thewalrus.ca , the comments under this story are all supportive. You want to eliminate such positivity in order to avoid negativity? We can’t sacrifice the good. Instead, choose to resist the bad. Amy Starkey
North Vancouver, BC
nope . . . keep comments. Comments are an online thermometer, plus getting rid of comments is cowardly. — Sammy Younan @mypalsammy