Washington Post Ends Blog Comments
Lots of mean people said hurtful things on the Washington Post blog, so the Post said, and in response the Post has turned off comments for the Post.Blog.
The Washington Post really blew it. WashingtonPost.com executive editor Jim Brady posted the news that the Post was shutting down the commenting feature as of 4:15 PM ET, January 19th:
Sounds like Brady is channeling Eric Idle. But what were all those horrible commenters saying? We’ll never know, as Brady continued his post:
Before we take up a collection to send Brady and Co. at the Post some salve to help heal the pain of the blogosphere, let’s look at his next line:
Fish. Barrel. Elephant gun. Digg already solved this problem, by allowing users to score comments on a scale of +3 through -3. Once something has been scored, users viewing at a certain score threshold won’t see anything below it.
Digg’s model doesn’t require a squad of interns to sit around and censor comments 24/7; the users do that work instead. All the Post has to do is require registration, and then it can boot offending users at its leisure should it feel the user community isn’t modding the abusers down fast enough.
Once comments get turned off in a blog, it’s not a blog anymore. Without interactivity, Post.Blog becomes a vanity PR vehicle. And that’s too bad.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.