What's the philosophy on flagging or deleting comments that derail a discussion on Metafilter?
So I'm reading this
post, and there's some good discussion happening regarding the actual post , but there are also comments like this
, or this
, which are nothing more than snarky complaints about reddit which have nothing to do with the actual submission. I'm wondering why these types of comments aren't actively discouraged or deleted.
Now, I've been a reddit user much longer than I've been a MeFi user, so maybe I'm just sensitive, but I find this happens with submissions to other topics that I enjoy (I mean, the comment "Is this something I would have to _______ to understand?" has become a joke response on MeFi), or other topics that certain users find to be below their tastes. These types of comments make for a really crappy experience, and are the reason it took me so long to finally make a MetaFilter account; anytime I saw something like that, I would just roll my eyes and move on to a different site. I'm sure I could flag these types of comments, but when they have 26 favorites, it makes it look like it adds something positive to the discussion, when it does nothing of the sort. I mean, if that's not your thing, why are you commenting just
to derail the discussion for everyone else?
If not mod action, then maybe (and pretty unfortunately), user shaming (like this
) will convince people to add something valuable to the discussion.
I'm sure this is well-trodden territory on MetaTalk, so maybe someone can guide me to a discussion where this type of thing is discussed.