Quick announcements – comments on features and reviews

// 4 June 2008

You might notice that I’ve turned comments off in my last post, announcing a new feature in the main part of the website.

When we decided to give live commenting a go, back in February, we were really clear that this should only apply to the blog, not to the features and reviews that we run on a monthly basis.

Well, it seems like by default this has not happened – because people just started to post comments on the blog post announcing a new feature or review. Therefore, I’m going to be turning off comments on these posts from now on.

One of the reasons that we don’t have live commenting throughout The F-Word is to provide a bit of a protective barrier for our contributors – although us bloggers have all thrown ourselves into the commenting ring, as it were, that’s not what our contributors really sign up for. It also splits the comments I think a bit confusingly between the blog and the monthly comment round-up.

However, you can still comment on these articles as usual – it’s just a case of sending in your thoughts through the comment form, as always (you can find the link at the bottom of each page).

Please do let us know what you think about this in the comments here.

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Comments From You

Feminist Avatar // Posted 4 June 2008 at 5:27 pm

I think as a general principle for articles this is fine, but I wondered whether an exception could be made for the problem page. I thought it was really fun, and thought-provoking, to hear all the different answers to women’s dilemmas. I think that to wait until the end of the month to hear these thoughts would be a bit late, especially as people often work off each other when giving different responses.

I actually think this is true of some of the articles as well- in that they are good conversation starters and the comments at the end of the month don’t allow that conversation to be had. But, I agree that if that leaves the author open to attack it is a problem, and I think it is fine to make a distinction between the blog and the features for that reason.

Jess McCabe // Posted 5 June 2008 at 12:07 am

FA – That makes sense. I’m going to go back and allow comments on Ask A Feminist, which may shortly be migrating from ‘features’ to ‘blog’ anyway :)

Catherine Redfern // Posted 5 June 2008 at 11:16 am

Hi Jess and FA – I agree with this, it sounds reasonable for the Ask a Feminist section.

We might look at having comments against each of the features/reviews in future but this will be some way off if at all.

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