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Silencing the trolls
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There's been a bit of discussion recently about trolls abusing the comment systems on websites, a high-profile science website having disabled commenting completely for this reason.

For a while, I've been using Stylish with custom CSS to automatically hide the comments on news sites. I find that my blood pressure stays much lower if I'm not drawn to reading the inane rantings of keyboard warriors with too much time on their hands.

Here's some CSS to use with Stylish:

@-moz-document domain("telegraph.co.uk"),
               domain("independent.co.uk"),
               domain("bbc.co.uk"),
               domain("guardian.co.uk"),
               domain("theguardian.com")
{
   div.dna-comments_module, /* The BBC  */
   div.d2, #d2-root,        /* The Guardian  */
   div.disqus,              /* The Independent  */
   #dsq-content             /* The Telegraph */
   {
     display: none !important;
   }
}

I also have "safety mode" enabled on my YouTube account; one of the effects of that is to disable comments. YouTube becomes a much more pleasant experience when it's solely about the videos.
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I find camaraderie within the random comments on articles and videos... said nobody ever.

It seems to only give people an avenue to argue and fight with each other, or just be downright nasty. I'm not smart enough to write a script, but I work to just not even blink at the comments anymore. If I want to discuss an article, I email it to a friend or family member.

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