Engadget shuts down commenting


The widely-read tech news blog Engadget disabled their commenting capability for the time being due to “pointless, and frankly threatening” comments. I guess they are now still trying to find-out the best way to handle this. Tell me what you think on this.

Joshua Topolsky of Engadget wrote:

Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand. What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users and editors has become mean, ugly, pointless, and frankly threatening in some situations… and that’s just not acceptable. Some of you out there in the world of anonymous grandstanding have gotten the impression that you run the place, but that’s simply not the case.

Luckily, our commenting community makes up only a small percentage of our readership (and the bad eggs an even smaller part of that number), so while they may be loud, they don’t speak for most people who come to Engadget looking for tech news. Regardless, we’re going to crank things down for a little bit to let everyone just cool off, and we’ll switch them back on when we feel like we’ve shaken some of the trolls and spammers loose from the branches (AKA swing the banhammer in our downtime). See you on the other side!


  1. IMHO its an interesting live case-study by Engadget on commenter (and community) management. We can potentially learn a lot from the results.

  2. Ferdi Zebua: Yes, you’re right. Really curious to see how Engadget will deal with this.Aulia Masna: Same here, although sometimes I enjoyed reading their readers comments, too

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