Comments as Shanty Towns

The whole idea of comments is based on the assumption that most people reading won't have their own platform to respond with. So you need to provide some temporary shanty town for these folks to take up residence for a day or two.
— Paul Bausch

Besides being a fantastic metaphor, it's a good observation and a difficult problem to solve, short of handing over the reins of your comments to something like Facebook.

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