As many readers of the blog surely have noticed, some of our posts generate large numbers of "comments" in response. Frankly, that's good news; the purpose of the blog is to engage in conversation about topics of importance, and conversation is best when it is two-way. That said, some of the comments posted in recent days have been (how to say?) more colorful than informative, and thus we are looking for suggestions about how best to ensure that the conversation here remains civil and productive.
In the comments here, might we ask other bloggers to offer specific ideas about how to encourage healthy discourse in this medium? In particular, we are looking for solutions that are technically possible and would not require inordinate amounts of reading, monitoring, and subjective decision-making. For instance, is there an easy way to ensure that commenters can post at most once every 24 hours? Are there other comparably easy rules that might mitigate the problem?