Thanks @fedecherubini I was not aware of this. That's now a second site closing (AJ being the other) since I started looking at about a dozen sites.
As one of the best sites for comment content this is unfortunate. Frankly, I feel the need to further quote what I consider incompetent rationale:
"Modeled after how it manages The Conversation section of the print magazine, The Atlantic will regularly publish reader feedback on TheAtlantic.com in its new Letters section. A team of staffers on the print and digital sides will read the letters, choosing the ones with the most interesting and challenging ideas. Many will be published individually and will get the same design and editorial as regular TheAtlantic.com articles, with illustrations and placement on the site’s homepage and social channels."
Because it would be impossible to do this AND keep their comments section... maybe involve/engage the commenters in the process.
I'll restrain myself and rant about this at later date. Maybe someone in this group that knows them could go give them all a good shake, wake them up.
Regards, Dave Horsman