Would you ever consider taking comments off Copyblogger?
When the question was posed during our editorial meeting, my immediate reaction was, “Absolutely not.”
I wasn’t even interested in considering it, because I like conversations. I enjoy seeing what people think of different posts. I like the quick view of what people react to (positively or otherwise), and what seems to need more explanation.
While the comments on the big CRaP websites are mostly pretty awful, I’ve always enjoyed managed comments on real content blogs. Conversations, after all, are typically more interesting than monologues.
But the team and I got together and talked about it. And as we talked, I started to see it differently.