How Ta-Nehisi Coates built a comment section that doesn’t tolerate trolling, rudeness and bad faith

Ta-Nehisi Coates joined The Atlantic as a blogger in 2008 intentionally desiring a comment section he “wanted to read.” As his role evolved alongside the internet, Coates’ comment section came to be been recognized as a “wonder of wonders” in which “intelligent adults thoughtfully share ideas and knowledge.” Eva Holland explores how that enviable comment section came to be, detailing its evolution and Coates’ view of comments as a part of the content, his reminders about bad behavior in comments, and his own taking part in discussion there.

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