The Atlantic closes its comments - and makes them more important, too Paid Members Public
The Atlantic joins many other sites in turning off comments - but that doesn’t mean its abandoning reader commentary.
Commenting life behind the paywall Paid Members Public
Douglas Boulton [http://dougbolton.co.uk], one of this academic year’s crop of Interactive Journalism students at City, has just finished a couple of weeks as Ben Whitelaw’s personal coffee tabledoing shifts on The Times‘s community desk [http://www.interhacktives.com/2014/12/31/how-to-comment-online-without-being-a-jerk/] , and he’
Why "real names" commenting isn't a panacea Paid Members Public
Cory Doctorow explores the disaster that YouTube’s switch to Google+ commenting [http://boingboing.net/2013/11/13/vi-hart-cramming-g-into-yout.html] has been: > The promise of G+ in the beginning was that making people use their real names would incentivize them to behave themselves. It’s abundantly clear now that there
Comments: we're talking about the wrong thing Paid Members Public
Daniel Ha, CEO of Disqus, writing for WIRED [http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/02/anonymity-isnt-the-problem-with-web-comments/] : > But for too long, the debate about online discussion has been about the commenters. We need to move away from pointing the finger at pseudonyms or anonymity as the sole problem, because it’s
Why comments matter: conversation Paid Members Public
> The purpose of writing on blogs, community sites like Comment is free, and much of social media is to start or further a conversation – not to share a few writerly pearls of wisdom. The great majority of writers on this site (and the New Statesman, for that matter) are paid.
Kill your antiquated article structure not your comments Paid Members Public
David Higgerson published an interesting meditation on comments under articles yesterday [http://davidhiggerson.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/here-come-the-angry-brigade-are-comments-on-stories-more-hassle-than-they-are-worth/] . “Are comments under articles worth doing?” he asks, and flirts with the answer “no”, without coming to a definitive conclusion. The post, and the comments underneath (ironically) are well worth reading.
The BBC's revamped blogs are a road crash Paid Members Public
I’ve been watching the revamp of the BBC’s blogs [http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2011/05/our_next_step_in_news_blogging.html] with a mix of horror and awe. It feels as if they’ve decided to go back and make all the mistakes that
Science Online: Bloggers, Commenters and the Reputation Game Paid Members Public