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Question #41538 posted on 12/17/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has anyone ever tried to become a pseudo-board writer by posting comments in response to an unusually large number of questions? Would you stop them if they did (by not posting the comments)?

- The Economizer

A: Dear The Economizer,

I don't know if anyone has ever actually consciously tried to do so, but that is one of the reasons that we heavily moderate the comments we post. Writing for the Board requires a commitment, and readers who have comments posting all the time would in effect have most of the benefits and none of the responsibilities associated with writing for the Board. Or course, we're happy to post comments correcting us when we're genuinely and documentably wrong, and if a reader were consistently finding better answers than our own, we might encourage them to apply for writership.

But to answer your question, yes, we would probably delete many of the comments. We actually choose not to post comments fairly regularly; I'd guess that at least 30% of our submitted comments are not posted for one reason or another, so it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to reject a few more.