Washington Post Halts Blog Comments
Duncan Riley at Blog Herald reports that “The WashingtonPost has indefinitely shut off the ability for people to post comments on its blog because of ‘objectionable postings.'”
Duncan explains that the Post’s policy was to ban comments that were personal attacks or used profanity or hate speech. Sounds like they got a whiff of the time eater that blog comment management can be. Surprised they did not just install some filters and / or CAPTCHA tools to cut down on spamming and questionable language.
“Because a significant number of folks who have posted in this blog have refused to follow any of those relatively simple rules, we’ve decided not to allow comments for the time being,” Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com, wrote on the subject.
Hmmm, after taking a look at one of the Washington Post’s political blogs, it seems that comments are live again. A look at The Fix also shows comments are active.
Seems that Duncan is only referring to the official Washington Post Blog, and not blogs within the Washington Post Media site. Those comment fields are still open for writing objectionable postings by Washingtonians.