I am now routinely disabling comments on my G+ posts referencing politically controversial topics, with limited exceptions -- sorry gang. This situation is unfortunate, since spirited, intelligent discussion and discovery are major parts of what makes G+ so great. However, the reality is that with available moderation tools that only permit inspecting comments after they've already gone public, the amount of time -- and frankly, emotional effort -- it's taking to deal with the influx of trolls, racists, idiots, and other slime that are attracted to some of my threads has become unmanageable, especially in the morning when the threads have been attacked by vermin all night long while I sleep. I am unwilling to just post threads and let them roll on their own and rot, becoming playgrounds for comment abuse.
Properly maintaining comments on this class of controversial topic postings -- especially since this effort does not contribute to keeping the lights on and the animals fed -- is no longer practical for me given almost 400K followers, absent significant improvements in the time/income ratio around here.
I welcome input on this decision, and again my apologies, but this is the way it's going to have to be for the time being. Thanks as always for your continuing support. Take care, all.
-- Lauren --