Splitsider | On the Media
The comedy site Splitsider is turning off comments on most of its stories, Editor Adam Frucci writes. “For one, we’ve never had much of a commenting community to begin with,” he explains, continuing:
Unlike sites about politics or social matters, people don’t seem to have much to say about comedy news. And when we do get comments, much of the time they’re either offensive or just without any real substance. We put a lot of work into the content on this site, and it’s frustrating to have folks finish reading an article only to be confronted with mean-spirited garbage at the bottom of the page. Furthermore, we’re a small team without the time and energy to dedicate to policing and cleaning up comments. So we’re getting rid of them. And I’ll be honest, it feels pretty great.
“So, no comments > completely unmoderated comments,” PJ Vogt writes for On the Media. “That said, I’m not sure how hard it is to moderate, even on a shoestring budget.”