i'm no free-speech absolutist like justice black, but i've always treasured the first amendment. now hate speech from white supremacists is showing up in this blog's comments section and i've got a dilemma.
my students, my kids, and my friends read this blog. i can't let the bile just sit there without reply, but i'm not going to waste time and energy responding to comments of the "black men in particular are like this" variety.
so what should i do?
1. turn off anonymous commenting, which would chill some useful discussion.
2. zap individual comments i deem "offensive" (e.g., hate speech, personal attacks, spam).
3. work up some sort of comment disclaimer that says that i in no way endorse anything posted by commenters.
4. ignore it and hope it goes away.
none of these are desirable. i'd really appreciate some advice from others who have dealt with such situations. i didn't list "zap individual comments that piss me off for any reason" because i just don't believe in practicing that sort of decision rule. yet.