Sometimes I can't help myself, and I do the worst thing imaginable in modern society. I read comments online. I'm not proud, but I've found some recurring themes about me and my new movie, God Bless America, that I'd like to address.
Here is a list of helpful hints to help you or the self-appointed critic in your life draft an effective piece of hate mail or blog comment that actually provokes thought as opposed to simply provoking chuckles.
We've gone from the repressive culture of the Victorian era, through the enforced civility of the 40's and 50's, past the wild rebellion of the 60's and 70's, right up to the Pit Bull Throat-Ripping Mentality of the 2000's.
I'm happy to announce today our new community guidelines. They've been updated to more accurately reflect the main goal for the community, which is to promote a civil, positive and constructive commenting environment.
A new Facebook commenting add-on puts even more power in the hands of Facebook which not only has 600 million people visiting its own site, but now has its tentacles into perhaps millions of other websites.
About six months ago, we launched the HuffPost Badges program. Since the launch of the badge, a number of readers have expressed some concern about community moderators abusing their deletion powers and scrubbing posts.
Commenters earn a Pundit badge by consistently contributing insightful, informative, and engaging commentary. They are being recognized for driving discussions and adding value to our news coverage -- regardless of their political leanings.
Did my July 3 post inadvertently provide a bully pulpit for BP and Coast Guard propaganda? As it turns out, there is plenty of room for concern regarding this apparent marriage of public relations and a government agency.
Neil Swidley's article gives a behind-the-scenes look at who some of these aggressive and often verbose rabble rousers are, and what they take away from participating in the comment section below stories.