From time to time, the comments section of Gothamist can get very lively, which we love. It's always great to see a discussion emerge from a post, one that gives us more to think about, as well as tips on how to improve/spell better/whatever or links to other stuff we should check out. Sometimes, the discussions are heated but still constructive. Other times, they degenerate and go seriously off topic. People have complained that Gothamist deletes their comments, but we only delete when the comments are offensive, off-topic, and redundant. [Additionally, we've heard every kind of criticism, slur, and slam, from being ugly and stupid and ignorant and Chinese and deserving of rape, so it's not new when people start to name call and get personal; it tends to be by the same commenters, and it gets tired.] Now we have a comments policy that outlines our general thoughts about the matter. Have a look, and check out an example of a comment that we deleted below.


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Name: Ghost of NYC Eateries
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Dear Jake. My apologies for calling you yuppie scum. You're actually a
smug cock who talks out of both sides of your mouth.

One second promoting major chain and overpriced restaurant.

The next bemoaning the death of NYC locally owned stores that are disappearing.

If you're too dense to see how one thing affects the other, my
condolences on your lack of eductaion.

Heck, how can anyone take you seriously when you promote the Apple Store
by showcasing your events there when anyone in NYC knows that Tekserve
has been around longer and serving the NYC computing community longer.

PS: I called you a cock Jake because it's clear that you and your
Gothamist attitude will dicate this post be deleted because it's not
massaging your ego. So delete away. Anyone who's been a reader of
Gothamist for more than 1 week already knows how flitty and two faced
Gothamist coverage and behavior can be.