Read the story here. Quoting from it below:
Commenting on stories, while a sound idea in principle, presents a host of challenges for us and we simply do not have the tools or adequate resources to ensure story commenting provides positive value to our readers.
We indeed have seen times when there are good comments and reasonable discussions of issues in the comment sections — intended to be a sort of virtual town square of reasoned, rational, calm debate. Yes, commenters also have graciously pointed out errors that we’ve then corrected. And some have given us additional story angles and ideas to pursue, which enabled us to better serve you, our readers.
We’d hoped the commenting community would be self-policing to provide everyone a safe place to be heard.
But that hasn’t happened.
The vast majority of the time, the comments are dominated by a small group of people, most posting anonymously, and who, frankly, tend to simply shout down or ridicule any opposing view. Commonly, our comments sections are filled with vitriol, personal attacks, profanity, and angry and hateful speech — and worse, unfortunately.
That is not acceptable.
You, our readers, local leaders, officials and everyday citizens speaking to us as sources for a variety of issues deserve better.
So we are turning off the comments.
At times, I’ve been as guilty as anyone else in sinking to a vulgar level. Yes, I’ve had plenty of company in doing so . . . I support the Daily Camera’s editorial decision 100%, and nobody will miss characters like “heinlein” or “bleeth” or “coskibum” or “randomdancer” — or me, either.
Interestingly, the Longmont Times-Call (the DC’s sister publication) is apparently continuing with online commenting by readers. This just goes to show that it’s folks in Boulder who are unwilling to play nice with each other.