Because of this mess on Friday, wherein we wound up having to police more hate speech in one single day on Philebrity than the entire nearly eight years of everything else combined, we’ve made a change to our commenting policy. Realizing that people are less likely to spout hate when it can actually track back to them, for now at least, only commenters with verified email addresses can comment on Philebrity. Folks who’ve been commenting for a while may remember that is what our old policy was like for years, but when we switched to the new Disqus commenting system a few months back, we decided to experiment with being more open. For the most part, it was working — until the fucking Americans showed up. Luckily, most of them have already left, and we’re back to paying our undivided attention to you, you beautiful Philadelphians.
We’ll have more on the Zoe Strauss story later this week, including Zoe’s plan to make lemonade out of all of those PhillyMag/Drudge lemons.