A Brief History of the End of the Comments

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Vice’s technology and science news site Motherboard dropped its comments section, opting to replace it with an old school “letters to the editor” feature. Then Reddit launched a news site called Upvoted that didn’t include a comments section.


Postmedia now only allows comments from Facebook account owners, the Sun has abandoned comments entirely, I can’t help but think this will cost them readership.

Ostensibly the reason given is that moderation has become a problem, well  when your “flagship” columnists etc are being daily ripped to shreds by the commenteriat that is a problem.

As K has long noted news sites need to be read from the Comments Up.

My suspicion is the former gatekeepers are retreating in defeat.