Wrong Kind Of Comments Thrive In A Vacuum

If commenters think your commenting thread is a public space where they can do whatever they want because nobody’s watching, they will do whatever they want. And that is not pretty. And then the potentially constructive comments never get posted, because normal people do not want to waste their time thinking and writing comments that will just get flamed.

— Bora Zivkovic, blog editor of Scientific American in a thoughtful look at the state of commenting. (It would be even more thoughtful if the animated art had an off switch.)