Vice’s Motherboard is turning off comments, saying ‘the problem is a matter of medium’

Vice’s Motherboard announced Monday that it will turn off its comment section. By getting rid of the comment section, editor in chief Derek Mead says it will “foster smarter, more valuable discussion and criticism of our work” in other communication channels. Mead writes there’s a stark disparity between the quality of emails Motherboard receives from readers and the comments posted on the website, suggesting that “the problem is a matter of the medium.”

+ More on ditching comments: Reddit is launching a new site called “Upvoted,”which will have a dedicated editorial team curating stories, but it won’t allow comments or voting at all (Wired)