Comments closed?

August 20, 2010

Burger and a statin to go?

gbu burger 300What’s up with your “comment cutoff”?

Regarding this story, I posted a message on Sat 8/14/2010 around 10:34 AM. As of Sunday. August 15, 2010 at 3:08, and after only 9 comments (presumably, mine would have been right around the 9th), this notice was posted;

“THIS DISCUSSION IS NOW CLOSED. WE WELCOME COMMENTS ON OUR ARTICLES FOR A LIMITED PERIOD AFTER THEIR PUBLICATION.

You close the discussion after nine comments?

W.F.

We don’t close comments after a certain number has been reached, but rather, after a fair amount of time has elapsed.

The problem is, we have been somewhat inconsistent in choosing that time limit.

We have now decided to keep approving comments for one week after a story is posted, which considering the nature of breaking news should be plenty of time for people to have their say: GBU Editor

The quadruple bypass cheese burger is displayed at Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona June 17, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Joshua Lott

Join the Good, Bad, Ugly Facebook Blog Network

3 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by JUSSIE D. BRITO, Good, Bad, and Ugly. Good, Bad, and Ugly said: Comments closed? http://link.reuters.com/kyh36n [...]

“We have now decided to keep approving comments for one week after a story is posted”

Except this one: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67 P17420100826

Comments were closed after one day, and more than half of them were removed.

Posted by drewbie | Report as abusive

Yes. Many comments on that story were horrific, and an editor made the decision to close them.

We reserve the right to do that when readers abuse the comments system.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Reuters never accepts my comments although they will probably post this one as I am not saying anything beneficial.

Posted by shameOnCorps | Report as abusive

[...] Robert Basler пишет: Burger and a statin to go? What’s up with your “comment cutoff”? Regarding this story, I posted a message on Sat 8/14/2010 around 10:34 AM. As of Sunday. August 15, 2010 at 3:08, and after only 9 comments (presumably, mine would have … [...]