Conversation Killer: The Pantagraph of Bloomington, IL Suspends Reader Comments
To justify the move, editor Mark Pickering wrote that local stories had elicited far too many comments that were:
offensive and devoid of civility, the worst of which include personal attacks and/or assertions that have nothing to do with the story...This "cooling off" period is meant as a strong reminder to our online readers: that the reason comments are allowed in the first place is to foster a "spirit of community involvement and conversation."He doesn't cite it, but we suspect he's talking about discussions such as this one. Readers' reactions were mixed (see here). Pickering was singled out a few times, but this was nothing like the Kurt-Greenbaum-inspired locust storm.
By the way, in case you think that one's totally over: just a couple weeks ago, David Nicklaus of the Post-Dispatch did a blog post on November job losses that drew 39 comments. About thirty-four were about a certain job loss caused by Kurt Greenbaum...