Comments and the Roar of the Crowd

The Maui News is no longer posting comments on its web site. Why?

. . .the volume, frequency and vileness of the abusers’ postings have grown beyond the newspaper’s capacity to remove them in a timely manner.

And Joe Fryer takes a worthwhile look at whether website comment forms are a form of free speech.

What do you think?

(Hat tip: Romenesko)

UPDATE Sept. 28: Via The E&P Pub, Philadelphia columnists Karen Heller and Stu Bykofsky weigh in. Bykofsky is against anonymous posting, but Heller’s solution to slimy comments is more fascinating:

To unmask the anonymous derelicts, then make them read their posts out loud. To their mothers.