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Chris, I agree with Maryann's response! One thing I don't like about blogs and forums is when a person is unable to sucessfully debate ideas and resort to character defamation.
Toni Anne and Luminary,
I share the spirit of collective wisdom. Dan Gilmour talks about the people formerly known as the audience and how the media should tap into this collective wisdom. We're all smarter collectively than any one of us is individually.
Of course, the challenge is cut through all that chaff to get to the wheat, right? One quick pass of the combine doesn't quite cut it.
I agree ... the comments can offer things that journalists can't. And Gawker... don't get me started...
Chris, I must give my impute. I think its great for Victorians to be able to discuss issues that either have happened or are happening now. It's nice to know where we can find cheap gas prices. I must say the one thing i do miss is BJ Lewis "Hollywood" movie Blog.Again the VA has come a long way!
You ask a great question Chris about what do we most enjoy in posting and reading. I've often wondered that myself. I think many of us on here that post regularly are "communicators." From my point of view, we like to talk, write, or exchange ideas- and you have to talk or write usually to do these things. I imagine one could not like to talk or write and be on here quite often, but it wouldn't be a pleasant experience for that person.Also, I like learning from other people. I might not agree with everyone, but I do get to see other people's insights, experiences, and common sense. I enjoy seeing people use their logic, factual evidence, common sense, and humor to reply to a topic. I also like to do so myself, but sometimes the logic fails and everything after it comes tumbling down.Anyway, posting is time consuming, but enjoyable. Thanks for asking the question about why we do it.
We have no plans to change our policy. I'm curious, though, about what you enjoy in the ability to leave your own comments and to read the comments of others on news articles. How many of the comments have value to you vs. ones you'd rather not see?
I think Advocate online commenters are, for the most part, more respectful and thoughtful than what I've seen on many other sites. That's a credit to all of you. Things get out of hand with a few specific topics, but not in general.
I think it is better to let readers respond to articles. I hope that continues.
Whoever this Gawker guy is must not run a business. A newspaper is like any business. When customer input isn't sought out, or at least allowed for, the business becomes insular. Of course, a business that dispenses opinion along with news has to expect a larger proportion of cranks. A discerning editor should be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.