The Sun-Times the latest to kill comments, at least temporarily
The Chicago Sun-Times is the latest publication to realize it has a comments problem. So it has decided to kill off commenting, at least until it can launch a new system.
“The world of Internet commenting offers a marvelous opportunity for discussion and the exchange of ideas,” wrote managing editor Craig M. Newman this weekend. “But as anyone who has ever ventured into a comment thread can attest, these forums too often turn into a morass of negativity, racism, hate speech and general trollish behaviors that detract from the content.”
So the Sun-Times will shut off comments for the time being while it works on a better solution.
“To that end, we are working on development of a new commenting system we hope will not only allow for free discussion, but encourage increased quality of the commentary and help us better police the worst elements of these threads. We’ll have more in the weeks to come on this development. In the meantime, we encourage you to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to offer your thoughts, feedback and suggestions. This is your site and your voice is an important part of how we work as a community to better serve Chicago,” Newman wrote.