Guardian's comments ideas


#1

The Guardian held an hackaton about comments with their dev team. Nieman Lab published the best ideas.


#2

Two very similar hacks are “smash the trolls” and “Setting the Tone”. Both suggest the original author to start the conversation.

I have seen articles that ask an open question at the bottom. And Süddeutsche Zeitung (@hinschauer) has a similar approach by asking an open question and linking to one or more of their articles (list of recent questions).

And indeed many commenters respond to the question. I think this method might not “smash the trolls”, but could decrease the number of unintentional derailments.


#3

Thanks Pierre!

Disqus also held a comments hack day recently: https://blog.disqus.com/disqus-hacks-the-roadmap


#4

Nice. There’s a lot of talk about these kinds of solutions. The Verge opens its comments with questions from the journalists. And the use of “off-topic” seems to be an experiment that’s working at WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ask-the-post/wp/2016/04/01/new-feature-for-carolyn-hax-comments-mark-your-post-as-off-topic/