Update: I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to respond. I have decided to keep comments up but will set up a policy that states what will be deleted, etc. I will also start reading every comment before giving it the ok, some of which has been automated to this point. I am also looking into Disqus that will allow everyone to help in this issue. If I can’t keep up with it I will ask for volunteers to help in the process. I was extremely frustrated when the builder yesterday asked me to remove the post and said he was quitting the tiny house construction business. Sad!
Due to negativity, hateful, and critical comments on the Tiny House Blog, I am forced to rethink comments and how they will be seen in future posts. I am in a real quandary as to if I will turn off comments completely or have to police and delete comments in the future. The Tiny House Blog commenters are driving long standing readers of the blog away, making people afraid to share their tiny house stories, and as of today driven a builder away from the idea of building tiny houses due to mean comments and nasty phone calls.
In the last year there has developed a hateful and mean element in our ranks and I really have had a hard time dealing with them. My goal as editor of the blog has been to keep comments open to allow both sides to share their opinions. I think times have changed and it may be time to shut down comments.
I want to hear your opinions on this prospect in the comment section below, but future posts may very well have comments turned off. I am really sorry to see this happen! -Kent Griswold editor of the Tiny House Blog