If you’ve been following my new Pivot blog, you may have noticed something missing in the last few days.
There’s no more comment section.
Why? Because the comment sections have been removed from all blogs and news articles at ChristianityToday.com.
Why Are the Comments Gone?
There are two main reasons for this. One neutral, the other negative.
First, the neutral one.
The commenting habits of readers has been changing recently. Now there are far more comments made on social media, especially Facebook, than in comment sections. And the trend is for that to increase.
As it turns out, social media is actually a much better place for people to comment on posts. A comment at the end of a post will only be read by the tiny percentage of people who have already read the post and choose to keep going to the comment section. There is some benefit to this, namely continuing the conversation which the article raises, but it doesn’t bring anyone new into the conversation.
On the other hand, comments on social media are seen by people who haven’t read the article yet. So it draws in a new audience of readers.
So why not keep doing both? Can’t we keep the comment section for deeper talks while using social media to introduce new readers?
Which brings us to the second reason.
The comment sections are getting nasty(er).
Despite using multiple tools to keep spammers away and discourage trolls (people looking for a fight) it’s been impossible for the folks at ChristianityToday.com to monitor all the negative, nasty comments and keep their site safe for civil conversation.
Sad, but true.
That’s one of the challenges on a site as widely-read as ChristianityToday.com.
How Can I Comment Now?
Thankfully, we still have a couple options:
2. Make your comments here. This is one big advantage of keeping NewSmallChurch.com alive. No one can shut down the comments but me. And I love hearing from you!
Yes, it’s an extra, awkward step to go to the Pivot blog to read the article, then come back here to comment, but I think it’s worth it.
The conversations here have been great, so there’s no reason think they won’t continue to be that way.
I guess that’s another wonderful advantage that comes with being smaller.
So what do you think? Can we keep the great conversation going here?
We want to hear from you. Yes, you!
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