The brojos have never taken the time to upgrade the site in a way that would allow users to quickly flag and delete these types of comments. Same goes for the ridiculously offensive racist threads that have nothing to do with running. I can only conclude that it's because they don't care.
If they cut that stuff out of the forum and a higher percentage of threads were running-related, I'd read and post here a lot more. As it stands, I sure as hell don't want my name associated with this site, even when there is a good thread like this.
Have you seen Facebook comments on any site? It's the same everywhere. Grow some thicker skin.[/quote]
Have you ever used an SBnation or Vox site? Have you ever noticed how the conversations stay on topic and trolls get immediately banned? How about Reddit, where actual interesting posts actually stand out and crappy posts get dropped? Or forums like Slowtwitch and the Ultralist, where you have to register and can therefore be held accountable for what you post?
Those aren't difficult things, and they dramatically increase the level of conversation. But LR has never taken the time to institute them.