Blogging insiders refer to people who deposit ugly, hostile insulting comments, then move on as drive-bys. They often seem to be people who enjoy hurling virtual tomatoes at sincere speakers just for the Hell of it. Scoble and I went through a period a few months ago where we were innundated by drive-bys on the three sites where we write.
Robert started referring at Scobleizer as the "Mudpit." I set up the Living Room Policy, which in essence states that I will treat commenters as I would guests in my home. If you are rude you will be warned. If you continue to be rude, I'll throw you out and I won't let you back in.
To my surprise, I have had to do this very few times. I'm not certain, but I think there have been less than five incidents. This is a much smaller number than I though it would be.
I just don't think the Living Room Policy is sufficiently well-known to be the reason for the new kinder gentler comment tones. So why is it happening (not that I'm complaining, mind you)?
My question is this: Are you finding few people leaving rude comments? Can anyone speculate just why its getting more courteous in the blogosphere?