Way ahead of you, NPR.

npr-commentsAfter an eight-year period of “experimentation and discussion,” National Public Radio is doing away with all comments on its website. The network posted the news on its blog, saying, “We’ve concluded that the comment sections on NPR.org stories are not providing a useful experience for the vast majority of our users. In order to prioritize and strengthen other ways of building community and engagement with our audience, we will discontinue story-page comments on NPR.org on August 23.” Editor’s $0.02: It took our web clients about six months to reach the same conclusion. Weeding out the Cialis ads and Chinese truck parts offerings left us with maybe one or two legitimate comments—over a three- or six-month period. Seemed like a good idea at the time. . .

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