No more comments at Popular Science

Interesting (and maybe not surprising) decision over at the Popular Science website* concerning comments on articles. It’ll probably remind you a little bit of my post from a few days ago about the kinds of behaviour surrounding blog discussions of research in my field. At some point, especially for a complex subject and in times when people are not inclined to really dig deeply to learn the issues, it all can get very counterproductive.

-cvj

*Thanks Mia!

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6 Responses to No more comments at Popular Science

  1. Dilaton says:

    Yep, I think turning the comments below popular blog or news articles about fundamental enough physics would make (at least the cyber) world a better and more peaceful place …

  2. Yvette says:

    Yeah, I confess whenever I start contemplating blogging about science more often I always think a bit about comments and how I don’t want to deal with them.

    Well that and I don’t know how much I have to say that hasn’t already been said, and I *am* trying to write a doctorate. 🙂

  3. John Duffield says:

    I feel unhappy about abusive offensive comments, but I also feel unhappy about science sites that don’t allow comments. I prefer to see genuine moderation along with sincere feedback.

  4. Mia Taylor says:

    What is the world coming to when you can’t post long opinionated diatribes on subjects you know nothing about? (By the way, those capcha codes look like some complicated physics formula.)