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Comments disabled

In Reading the Comments I try to explain why online comments on large news sites are often disabled. I also keep a running list of "disabled" announcements by sites.


Many prominent sites have posted about their dissatisfaction and disabling of comments (in whole or part). Sometimes this persists, but it is sometimes followed by news of a move (to Disqus, Discuss, Facebook, etc.) or plan to develop a new system. Many that have done so seem satisfied with the decision.


Sometimes an iniative will be announced with plans to fix the problem. (I'm not tracking smaller announcements about a shift to a new system or the development of a local system, such as Kinja for Gawker properties.)

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