The Verge Staff Closing Comments on Posts
The Verge staff really shouldn't close the comments on a post for trivial reasons. It diminishes the effectiveness of the forum.
The post in question is here, closed by Dieter Bohn. Here is the reasoning:
That article already has a comments section. Really can’t tell you how tiring these accusations of bias are. We also have another thread from just last week to ask questions about coverage. So basically this thread is piling on and not helping anybody. Closed.
That's not good enough in my opinion. I'm not trying to cause trouble. I like the Apple Core (I also dip into the Android Army and Microsoft Tribe), there are some great posters on the forum, who add genuine value.
That article already has a comments section.
Yes it does, but I usually find the comments sections of articles are pretty shallow - they don't develop into tasty in-depth discussion. Occasionally on the big stories you find quite detailed comment threads. But on the whole you'll find conversations starting and quickly fizzing out. And you rarely see any fresh comments after a few days, when the story falls off the front page.
Posts in the forum often have new comments added for weeks. Every time a new comment is added the post floats back to the top of the active list, which is great for visibility.
It'd be interesting to hear what the policy is on this.
Really can’t tell you how tiring these accusations of bias are.
As I say to others who may not like seeing posts/articles on mock-ups or Google news or The Verge's movie reviews - don't click in. If you don't want to hear about accusations of bias against The Verge Dieter, don't click in. Unless of course you want to start censoring the forums against anything you don't like, the staff don't seem the sort to push that kind of policy though.
There is a lot to read on The Verge. The fact that there were active comments and on the whole it was constructive shows others felt there was something to discuss (any abusive/illegal posts, sure delete them). Dan Gleibitz and egojab for example raised some interesting points which I would've liked to discuss further, but couldn't as new comments were closed.
And yes I'm sure it's your job to generally police the forums against the really nasty stuff - so you don't really have the option of not viewing the posts you don't like. But that doesn't mean you start closing threads because you're tired of reading something.
We also have another thread from just last week to ask questions about coverage.
Agree we don't need double posts on the same thing.
But the post you closed was talking about one article in particular. Not The Verge's general WWDC coverage like the existing thread. While I had nothing to add to the latter, I did have a few points to raise in the former.
Ultimately, as I said I don't want to jump on any anti The Verge bandwagon. I just want a platform for open discussion.