The Post And Comments, The Redux

Yesterday, Jim Brady announced a new comments “experiment”, whereby each Washington Post article will allow readers to directly comment on them. (See an example here)

Says Brady:

    The idea is that, assuming all goes well, we’ll roll this on other sections over the next few months. We’ll be in touch with all AMEs and editors in advance of any launches, both in order to get their feedback on the feature, but also to ask whether there are certain subject areas in their sections they feel should be off-limits to this kind of interactivity.

    This launch is another step down the path of turning into a natural place for dialogue about the issues of the day, a dialogue that can include our readers, newsmakers and Washington Post and journalists. Despite some bumps in the road, this “of the web, not just on the web” strategy has played a significant role in our increased unique visitors and page views…

Brady also provides staffers with a few reasons why this comment system won’t turn into a Howell-ing affair. 1.) Registration required. 2.) Troublesome posters can be blacklisted. 3.) They’ve installed a profanity filter. 4.) All posts have a “Request Removal” link. 5.) They’ve added staff to help monitor the comments.

In a sign that some things never change, one of the first comments posted to Brady’s announcement on the comments feature was this:

    Could I comment on your editorial board once again kissin’ the a** of the Bush administration?