- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:13:22I wrote a short thing about comments http://www.niemanlab.org/2014/04/some-news-orgs-are-killing-comments-but-not-just-because-their-commenters-are-terrible-at-being-humans/ …
- — Mathew Ingram (@mathewi)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:18:37@jbenton: Good points. But why not find a way to bring some of the conversation from Twitter etc. into the comments as a service to readers?
- — Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:17:41News orgs: I can understand killing comments for lack of resources (human/financial). But stop blaming commenters, OK? This is on you.
- — Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:19:50@dangillmor It's not like we knew anything about behavior in online forums prior to the newspaper industry putting up its comment boards.
- — Mathew Ingram (@mathewi)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:22:35@jbenton: Agreed. But it bugs me if we just say "Oh well, conversation is fragmenting" and throw up our hands. How does that serve readers?
- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:25:53@mathewi Well, you’ve taken my argument and blown it to an extreme! But on most sites, most people don’t care. There are exceptions, sure
- — Aram Zucker-Scharff (@Chronotope)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:26:46
- — Aram Zucker-Scharff (@Chronotope)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:37:22
- — Ivor Tossell (@ivortossell)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:33:10
- — Matthew Hayles (@mathayles)Tue, Apr 15 2014 16:41:21
Comments may be broken, but they still have value -- and they could have a lot more
byMathew Ingram9,686 Views