NY Times to Change Commenting System

Shutting off comments would be a better plan.

Changes are coming to The New York Times’s commenting system. According to Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, readers have long complained that the current platform gives too much preference to verified commenters.

The new system will use an algorithm that depends less on human interaction by Times editors. The new version will also open up more articles to comments.

Times editor in charge of commenting Bassey Etim said the new platform will allow for “more shades of gray. Everybody will be a certain level of verified.”

If you ask us, the Times should get rid of comments altogether. But of course, no one did ask us.