HAYCORN — 9 March 2006

Blog comments

Com­ments on the whole whole suck so much harder than they should do. Has anyone ever tried a Wiki as comment system? Does it work?

I’ve just found out that Gizmodo has an invitation-only comment policy, which seems strange, partly because Gizmodo isn’t the sort of site where com­ments are ter­ri­bly useful. (Since each post is ba­si­cally hard news–there’s very little opinion–there’s not much need for other points of view.)

The ex­pla­na­tion for this policy seems un­nec­es­sar­ily elitist, too: “Most online com­mu­ni­ties are like Apple Stores and hip bars—they quickly get overrun with tourists, thus low­er­ing the overall quality of the experience. The same thing will happen to us even­tu­ally too. But we’re going to try to put off that moment for as long as possible.”