We are nearing the one month anniversary of Breitbart.com‘s site relaunch, and it has been one wild ride! As you’ve noticed, there have been a few changes, including the third party we use to house our comment section.
Over the past month, we’ve monitored how our readers have responded to the new comment format, and how our new comment system has served our site and our vast readership. We’ve also monitored how the hordes of trolls manage the new system, and have been developing new safeguards based on a month of monitoring their behavior.
We appreciate your feedback and your patience in working with a new system over the past month. Hopefully, you will see the improvements that we are already seeing with our changes, and we will continue to monitor your feedback–as well as the IP addresses of trolls that try to flood our system.
We very much appreciate those of you who have pointed out comments that are inappropriate and threads that have been ambushed by trolls. Because of the popularity of some of our posts, infusions of offensive comments — mostly from posters using IP anonymizers and other ways to hide their identity — have been making their way onto our site. We want our comment section to be a place of camaraderie and stimulating debate, and we’re continuing to modify our comment settings to ensure that happens.
Some of those who are desperate for the Breitbart sites to be silenced spend their entire weekends (and weekdays) devoted to the trolls in our comment section. That’s right, not the posts, the comments. Often, within minutes of these shut-ins pointing out inappropriate comments, another round of inspired, anonymous trolls spew their hatred in the same post.
While we appreciate the feigned concern of our critics about the atmosphere of our comment sections–bless your hearts, go out and get some sunshine!
Again, thank you so much for the feedback, patience, and support.