Hey guys. Let’s talk about the comments here on the site.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the comment policy on here always been pretty relaxed. For the most part, it’s worked out quite nicely over the site’s history. Around a year ago, however, I started noticing what I would describe as a clear dip in quality, so I asked you for your thoughts.
Here’s what I said back then:
Alright. I was hoping to get some feedback from you guys on this.
The commenting policy on here has always been pretty lax. I’ve never once deleted a comment solely because I didn’t agree with it — and there have been hundreds (thousands?) of comments I haven’t agreed with throughout the years. I think for the most part you guys appreciate that about the comments here, too. I like taking the hands-off approach as well.
But, as always, there are of course people who actively and consistently post the stupidest possible shit on here with each comment they make, and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s making the comment section a place no longer worth checking out for some of you.
As I see it, there’s three ways for me to proceed.
1) Continue to do nothing. The upside? Well, anything goes — it’s the spirit of 2ch. The downside? Like I mentioned above, it can make the comment section a bit of a shithole at times… though that’s of course a matter of opinion.
2) Disable comments entirely. Not my favorite alternative of the three, but hey: at least it’s fair.
3) Take the middle road and be more active in deleting comments that add nothing of value. This alternative could make me a bit of a hypocrite; it’s certainly not in the spirit of 2ch — though it is, I suppose, in the spirit of a matome blog. But more importantly, some of you might be worried that it’s a slippery slope. “Once you delete one comment because you don’t like it, what’s to stop you from deleting all of them?” And while I have no intention of ever making the comment section some sort of a safe space for myself where everyone either agrees with me or has their comments deleted, I understand if you have misgivings about this alternative. After all, it would be just one guy making the decision as to which comments go.
You can probably tell I’m personally leaning towards the third option. But really, I’m good with any of them — or anything else for that matter if you have a better idea. I’d just like to hear from you guys and see what the general vibe is.
Back then, most of you seemed to prefer the approach of Option 1. You can go back and read the responses directed to my question above to see why people felt that way. It was all pretty reasonable. The arguments made sense to me and they still do, so I’ve continued as per usual.
In recent months, however, I’ve found that the comment section has gotten way, way shittier. I’ve received messages from some of you telling me just so, too. On a purely personal note, I’ve come to a realization somewhere during these last couple of months: I myself honestly no longer enjoy reading the comments here like I once used to. That’s kind of a shame. I am not a fan of the volume of hateful garbage on the comment section of my site.
Earlier today I received an email from someone. In it, they talked about how they don’t want to lose this spot on the internet to said garbage. “The point is, I come here to enjoy reading the comments of decent guys who like idols.” Their sentiment is, in a nutshell, pretty much what Wota in Translation itself was meant to offer when I started it nearly five years ago — just the translated comments of “decent guys who like idols.” I still feel that that’s what this place is. The only thing is, it feels like the same decency is no longer to be found in the comment section.
With all that said, a year has passed since I last asked. You know how I feel about it, and now I want to hear from you guys. It’s the same question I asked you a year ago. What do you think?