Would it be possible to give more autonomy to the Original Poster (OP) of posts.
We know and acknowledge that some people decide to attack and disrupt conversation for the least possible reason, mainly because they are able.
Would it be possible for the OP of a post to 'Hide' comments from other people and even remove people from continuing to comment on threads?
Obviously there would still be Moderators who would have their armoury as well. This suggestion will be in addition to - and not replacing - formal moderation, but by the OP who needs to silence disruptive elements from destroying their thread.
Any 'hidden' comments or other actions would be annotated that they were performed by the OP.
My view is that this will allow more people to control their discussions better.
Obviously any abuse - for example silencing genuine and certifiable differences of opinion - should be addressed by complaints to Scooploop who could withdraw the provision from that particular OP.
It would be interesting to hear your thoughts.