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The Asylum will shut down this week... and this should get interesting

The comment section will be no more. And now we wait.

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This week, we pour one out for the comment section. What was once a primary reason for the creation of this site and long referred to as “the Asylum” will cease to exist come Thursday. While the writing may have been on the wall for some time, it’s still weird to see it actually happen.

For those that haven’t ventured there in a very long time, or didn’t even know about this dynamic, the Dot-com comments have long been a hive of scum and villainy that I’d stack up with other assorted legends like comments, Yahoo news comments, YouTube comments and perhaps the TNIAAM Facebook page too.

This is not about the content appearing above said discourse — actually does a pretty excellent job despite the challenges of covering the Syracuse Orange and the overall dynamics working against press today. However, despite the quality of the articles, comments were always a mix of sexism, racism, other specific forms of hate, yelling about the 2-3 zone and lately, political vitriol. Every corner of the web’s been infected by today’s political climate because it’s inescapable. As you know, even this website isn’t free from it.

As the news rattles commenters on Dot-com in the coming weeks, we’ll probably see some new faces pop up here (we already have following the paywall changes a year ago), and I’d just ask that we give these folks the benefit of the doubt first and foremost. Though the overarching vibe of the Asylum was anger and intolerance, there were certainly a few holdouts from such feelings. Hopefully those folks find a new home here, among a mostly normal group of Orange fans.

Or maybe they’re all just be this guy, and the Ban Hammer is going to have to return with a vengeance. We’ll see soon enough.

Farewell, Asylum. You were an angry Facebook uncle before there was such a thing and that helped birth a lot of better Syracuse things on the internet as a result. I can’t say I’m thanking you for that, but at least we found a positive outcome. to end reader comments on website beginning Thursday (

Despite a significant investment of resources devoted to monitoring and moderating the comments, the conversations too often devolve into off-topic and hateful discourse. We field complaints each week from readers who say the comments unfairly paint our region and its people in a bad light.

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