Originally Posted by Bebop3
Have you ever had a problem with people bashing other writers in the comments on your stories?
It's happened to me twice and it was surprising to me both times. The first time it was removed by an Admin (or whoever has the powers behind the scenes to do that) without my knowledge. I noticed it, thought about what I should do about it and when I went back it was gone.
The second time was this morning and it was much more egregious. No context, just straight up slamming the person. I'd prefer not to delete any posts but I removed that one.
Weird. Never happened to me. My first guess would be that they've been prevented from commenting on their target's stories, either by moderation or switching off comments altogether, so they're trying to continue the "argument" where they can.
My general philosophy on comment moderation for my stories is that the comments section is for discussing the story. If somebody wants to write "this story sucks and is boring", I'll leave that up, but it's not a soapbox for everything they might want to share with the public - for that, they can either submit something to Reviews & Essays, or get their own blog.
I also reserve the right to remove racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia even if it is
related to the story, because I write for my enjoyment and that of my readers, and that kind of crap is not conducive to anybody's enjoyment. (Or at least, not for anybody that I care to cater to.)
In practice, I've been fortunate with comments. I think the only time I've deleted a comment was one of my own, when I realised I'd inadvertently broken a site rule on self-promotion. But those are my ground rules if it ever does become relevant.