As Comment War Brews, Atlas Searches For Answers
Well, we don’t know what happened in the past week, but it appears a heated comment war on Atlas brewed very quickly while many of us were enjoying some winter R and R.
After we noticed a flurry of extremely disturbing comments (not satire, but vicious, targeted attacks) and received emails from many concerned Atlas readers, we have instituted an investigation into who has been commenting and why. These comments were, in our opinion, affecting the experience of many readers of our blog, which moved us to respond.
As a result, we have blocked comments that were either repetitive and spam-like or just too vitriolic to permit, and until the investigation is concluded, they will remain blocked. Once we determine the sources and the veracity of their content, we will decide what course of action is best to take with these comments overall.
Some of you have expressed concern that we have been able to view the IP address of commentators on the blog. Please note, we do not have the ability to personally identify who is behind an IP address. Our ability to view IP addresses is only meant for the purposes of identifying spam or blocking outrageous and/or fraudulent comments. We cannot personally identify you unless you voluntarily offer that information in your comment and we independently confirm your identity by emailing you. As such, please know that your identify and privacy are protected and such information is never disclosed to anyone.
We here at Atlas want to apologize to the readers for this exchange and vow to be much more watchful of this type of commentary in the future.
We suspect that many involved in the comment war were members of the Bay Ridge Cabal. When we learn more, we will let you all know.
It’s a tragedy that anyone would take advantage and abuse the privileges of our open forum here on Atlas.
We are confident, however, that this kind of exchange will not happen again, and we thank all of you for your understanding and continued readership.