What we’ve found lately is that the tone of our comments (and some
of our commenters) is getting a little too aggressive and negative
— a change that feels like it started with GamerGate and has
steadily gotten worse ever since. It’s hard for us to do our best
work in that environment, and it’s even harder for our staff to
hang out with our audience and build the relationships that led to
us having a great community in the first place.
That’s a bad feedback loop, and we want to stop it. So we’re going
to call timeout for a while and turn comments off by default on
all posts for the next few weeks.