Reflections One Year After PopSci Closed Comments
It has been more than a year since Popular Science shut down their comments. For those not aware, the main argument was noted here:
As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.
Online Director Suzanne LaBarre added that “Even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story.” It was then suggested users could reach out in other ways:
There are plenty of other ways to talk back to us, and to each other: through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, livechats, email, and more.
Moving the comments off their platform, to be splintered and scattered to the wind, seems like a real shame.
PopSci is Not Alone.
This is not to pick on PopSci. There are examples of other companies closing discussion and pushing users off their platform. Continue reading →