Over the last three months or so, I’ve gotten comments on a post (well over a year old) on the rise of white nationalism — comments from white nationalists who want to argue with me. It’s interesting to me that someone will comment on a post that old, from some random guy who only posted a link to a video and short commentary (me). Generally, I’m willing to engage someone on old posts. But sometimes, I think, there’s no stasis here, no shared common ground, and having a discussion on an old post isn’t really worth it. And I find the arguments abhorrent and ignorant (e.g., the media is run by Zionists).
So most of them have sat in a cue to be approved or deleted for a while, because I’m not really sure where my ethical stance on this issue is. I could: A) Approve them, and engage with them, which seems like a complete waste of time. B) Approve them, but not respond, but then this ignorant hate speech is sitting on my blog. C) Delete them, write a comment that I’ve closed comments. D) Just delete them.
I’ve chosen to turn off comments on the post (finally — I should have done this a while ago), and right now the comments are sitting in a cue. I’m wondering what others might do in this situation?