Close the comments, Süddeutsche!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 21:56 | Posted in Germany, internet, Media | 1 Comment
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The German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung have intensified their moderation of comments and therefore closed the comments between 7 p.m and 8 a.m and during all weekend between 7 p.m on Friday and 8 a.m on Monday. This has prompted a massive user boycott: many users no longer discuss the articles themselves but post protests agains the extended moderation instead. This article about Putin’s endorsement for Medvedev is a typical example: most of the commentators could not be less interested in the Russian presidential election.

RA-Blog makes a mockery of the new policy by announcing new rules of commenting. Readers are referred to TV schedules to learn when Thomas’s favorite shows are aired. They must also obtain appropriate information about football transmissions to be able to post a comment when Thomas is available for moderation.

I support full hearted Süddeutsche’s bid to raise the level of their comments but I have a better idea on how to get there. Close the comments entirely! Most of the people posting comments to media web sites have nothing of importance to say anyway.

People who actually think before expressing their opinion do not post comments to Süddeutsche’s articles, they make a post in their blog. So all you need to have a quality discussion about your articles is to display trackbacks of blogs linking to each article. And you do not need to have a moderating staff on your payroll because everybody knows that nobody clicks to links anyway.

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