Would You Pay $2 to Leave a Comment?

Jewish-focused online daily Tablet, which launched in 2009, institutes unorthodox new commenting system

Sam Biddle tweeted that he thinks this is a “brilliant” idea. Here at FishbowlNY, we’re not so sure.

Per an announcement today by Tablet magazine, folks are free to interact with the Jewish-focused online daily all they want via Facebook and Twitter. But if they are angling to leave a permanent comment footprint on the website, it’s going to cost anywhere from $2 a day to $180 for the year:

Instead of shutting off comments altogether (as some outlets are starting to do), we are going to try something else: Ask those of you who’d like to comment on the site to pay a nominal fee — less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. The donation rates are small because we are not looking to make money, but instead to try to create a standard of engagement likely to turn off many, if not most, of the worst offenders. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

The first wave of replies to Biddle’s tweet are pretty entertaining. Several people for example think the real money may be in offering readers the option of paying to block others from commenting. Ha ha.

[Illustration via: tabletmag.com]