If you’re someone who regularly reads comments to our posts, you’ll notice that occasionally comments will disappear. More specifically, you’ll notice that nasty grams disappear.
When I use the phrase “nasty gram” I’m not referring to people who disagree with content on our site–educated dialogue that takes issue with ideas is definitely welcome. My use of the phrase “nasty gram” is to refer to a comment that does nothing but spread nastiness and hate.
Nasty grams are pure clutter, so we clean them off the server the same way we throw away junk mail in our homes. If someone were to walk into your office spewing hate, security guards would come and remove that person from the premises. The same concept applies to Unclutterer, where we have security guards (interns and sometimes me) remove nasty grams from the server.
Thankfully, over the course of the past six months, we’ve only had to remove about 40 nasty grams from the site. We’re pretty convinced, too, that the majority of nasty grams aren’t written by readers of our site but by trolls who get their jollies off of leaving hate mail around the internet. Because, seriously, who else has time to write nasty comments? I barely have time to keep up with reading and commenting on blogs I enjoy. I can’t imagine how I would find the time to read blogs I think are crap AND leave messages on them.
Oh, and in addition to removing nasty grams, we’ll remove comments that notify us about broken links when we fix the links. We remove the notice so that it doesn’t confuse people once the link is working. I think this is common practice among most blogging communities.
Speaking of other blogs, if you have one, let me recommend that you also follow an uncluttered comments policy. Delete the nasty grams off your website without a second thought. You’re not fond of having clutter in your home, so feel welcome to get rid of it on your site!