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May 21, 2005
Newspapers Ends Reader Comments on Website Stories
The LA Times (reg. req.) reports that the Ventura County Star, which had been one of the few newspapers to permit readers to comment directly on their stories via their website, has ended the practice due to too many abusive comments (Newspaper Shuts Down Controversial Feedback Platform). Read the Ventura County Star's (reg. req.) statement here: Star Web Site Disables Comments. From the LA Times:
Thousands of readers of the Ventura County Star have sounded off on stories since the newspaper launched the service in January as a way of connecting with the community, said John Moore, the paper's assistant managing editor for new media and technology.
But in too many instances, Moore said topic threads spun out of control, with posters using profanity and injecting vicious commentary on everything from race to immigration.
The newspaper suspended the online comments on Wednesday, although Moore said he hopes to soon resurrect them with tighter controls.
I'm glad to see that VCS is willing to experiment. Perhaps they might want to try trackbacks or Technorati
links. They may also want to encourage local bloggers to engage with their stories and provide links to them. There are a lot of possibilities.
via How Appealing
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