Nearly one year ago, I launched The SF K Files to chronicle my search for a kindergarten for my daughter in San Francisco. I chose to take an upbeat approach and write about what I liked about schools--because I felt like we all heard the negative stuff at the playground. I wanted the site to be a positive and inspiring place for parents to visit. Yes, I expected us all to vent from time to time and I knew there would be some negative things to share. But I figured we would all be civil. We would disagree, of course, but respect one another.
Generally, this has been the situation on the site (with some exceptions). But in recent weeks, the climate on The SF K Files has changed dramatically. The comments have become inappropriate and negative--and I don't have time to moderate these childish conversations.
I'm concerned about the next group of parents who are going through the process. I know that many of them are visiting this site--and I think we should be inspiring them rather them scaring them off. That said, I have decided to require commentors to register on the site. You will need to pick a username. It doesn't have to be your real name but it will be an identity. This will allow me to block people who are mean. My new mantra is "Don't be mean."