First off, don't compare staff news items with the comments underneath. The point of a lively news item is to promote varied and healthy discussion. Which is some thing the news team are employed to do.
However the point of failure is the members themselves that somehow can't keep a civil tounge in there heads.
Best thing to do if you see an abusive post is to report it straight away and allow the staff team to deal with it.
Scorpus, on 06 January 2013 - 10:32, said:
There is an ongoing discussion among the staff in regards to comment quality, but I do have to agree that often the comments section can be hostile, full of flaming and generally unpleasant.
The problem is that if we start enforcing the rules heavily we'll be met with backlash. The usual "the mods will just delete the comment" sort of discussion will start, etc.
I for one would welcome this. Along with the abolishment of all firearms/guns threads and political/religious debate. This sections have proven to get out of control and attract flaming, trolling and childish behavior. Maybe time they had their day?
A reason i stopped coming to Neowin for many years (and the reason i don't buy a subscription any more) is the amount of childish abuse that crops up for any reason. It's time for the moderators to take a more hard line stance on obvious trolling, name calling and flame baiting. You only have to read the comments on websites such as Smashi