MaineToday Media CEO Richard Connor said what was aimed as a public forum for civil discourse devolved into "a forum for vile, crude, insensitive, and vicious postings." In his words, "No story subject seems safe from hurtful and vulgar comments."
It's nice (in a way) to know that it's not just here ... although I sort of knew that already. Anonymity seems to bring out the worst in people. I'm sure there's some kind of cultural phenomenon aspect to this that I could ramble on about, but I won't.