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There won't be another Open Thread At Noon for the rest of the week, and probably not for the rest of my time away. Its clear that the OTAN needs a firm, constant hand. I thought the community was cohesive enough. I was wrong.


My initial thought was to ban the four or five worse offenders, but I thought better of it. I have repeatedly asked that if you find yourself in a debate in which you are cursing, or writing yourself into the margins, you need to disengage. There are people here for whom the need to be right--and to be proven right--is so important that they have chosen to violate that suggestion. Fair enough. If I see it again, I will immediately ban all parties involved.

For the majority of people who generally act like citizens in the Open Thread, I apologize. This is a problem for any public space--virtual or real. This one simply can't be maintained without the sentinels on guard. I'm unable to provide that on the kind of hourly moderation required. Moreover, I don't believe I should have to. I want other things.
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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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