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Over the past few days I've noticed an uptick in criticism of other people's comment sections . While I greatly appreciate the fact that people like it here and are proud of their contribution to this space, expect that I will quickly delete any complaining of this sort from here on out.


I very much value the community that's been built here, and like everyone else, I really enjoy hanging out in the comments section. But nothing poisons a  community like ego. And nothing is less interesting than watching people pat themselves on the back for being polite to each other.

We have a good comments section here. But we don't have a perfect one. Part of understanding that is not planting your nose in the clouds and haughtily asserting the inferiority of other people's community. Much like your significant other isn't much interested in your complaining about your ex, I don't take it as a compliment when you complain about someone else's blog.

It's snobbery. On the internet. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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