It was announced this week, that the technology and science news site Motherboard would be dropping its comments section, opting to replace it with a “letters to the editor” section. This was followed by Reddit’s news site called Upvoted that also does not include a comments section.
Comment boxes have been a part of the web experience since we can remember. That said, as online audiences have grown, the task of moderating all these comments has become almost impossible. Social media, like Facebook and Twitter are the places now that seem to hold the most vibrant conversations on goings on. This year, Bloomberg, The Verge, The Daily Beast and now Motherboard have all dropped their comments feature.
At the Mirror, we think it is vital to still have comments. We think this is what differentiates us from traditional outlets—we empower the reader to become part of the discussion. Finding out what you think about topics or news, creating a dialog, building a community perspective, is an important part of thriving in this place. At the Mirror, we urge you to get involved, and great way to start is by not being shy and sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.
If you don’t want your name out there, that is why we have the anonymous section. If you have something that’s sticking in your craw, but don’t want to alienate yourself, just let it fly on anonymous.
As always, just send your comments to email@example.com.
We can’t be everywhere, so if you have a topic or news story that you want us to cover, just send us a note and we’ll do our best to get out there: firstname.lastname@example.org