Reader Comments Rock?!

September 25, 2013   |   by Chris Kalaboukis

I don’t know about you but a lot of times I find that I get more insight from the comments people leave on a blog post than I do from the original article itself.

Case in point: I was looking at a blog post a coder did on setting up an S3 instance as a drive on an Ubuntu box – while the original post was pretty informative, the subsequent posters had a lot of good information to impart as well. In fact, they corrected some of the original posters data.

But I find that it works great for editorial as well. In many cases, the most entertaining and informative part of the page is not the post itself, but the discussion which the post generated.

Reminds me of that old comedy routine where someone throws out a topic and says “talk amongst yourselves” – maybe there’s something interesting here. You throw out a topic, with maybe a few words, maybe up to the length of a tweet (160 characters) and then let everyone who is commenting have as much room as as they like.

Sort of a discussion forum where the original post is a tweet. Twitter is a bit like this, but there’s still that 160 character restriction on the replies as well. What if only the original post was limited to 160 characters, but the commentators could comment at will, with as much space as they needed to prove their point?

Might be an interesting weekend project. What do you think?

If reader comments aren’t one of the worst things on the internet, they are probably pretty close, which is why many mainstream media outlets seem to have given up on trying to save them — or have turned them over to Facebook, which amounts to the same thing. Gawker Media founder Nick Denton, however, continues to see them as having a lot more value than most publishers are willing to admit, and is rolling out new comment-filtering features that he says will take the collaborative aspects of Gawker’s Kinja platform to a new level.

via Gawker founder Nick Denton is still trying to reinvent reader comments — and it’s working — Tech News and Analysis.