The reason you provided for stopping comments is "...to create a safe and engaging place for users..." which, I suspect, is complete hogwash. Opinions and debate are not supposed to be 'safe'. That is the whole point of free speech; to be able to express one's opinion without fear of censorship, but with the risk of disagreement and criticism. Whilst the quality of comment is often poor, that is more a reflection of people's frustration at being ignored by successive Governments on both sides of the Atlantic. Silencing it just makes the issue worse. Yahoo is guilty of the worst kind of journalistic cowardice.
Doc Adviser commented
Never understood this : USA - Free Country, Free Speech. Yet, if someone comments about someone's Race, Religion, Color that is regarded as Racist. Then what is FREE speech ? None.
No deleting of email account or handing ones mobile numbers ( conveniently labelled as 'code' sent for verification ) to Govt authorities to trace individual.
Mobile phone is the best tracking device to monitor and locate an individual.
"Hi, please let us know how we can improve further." Read below :
"VERIZON Didn't do Nothing to improve "further". Scared about "Comments" section. Negative Feedback. Shares drop. Not Public opinion. Wash Hands Off Sensitive matters. Bothered about own investment and public image. NY Stock Market Share Prices.
OK, lets see what NEW Owners front Guru Gowrappan can do ? Puppet to Dance to the tunes of new owners or have a say to the voices of the majority public ? ( Subscribers - what they WANT ).
Guru means GOD in Indian. Lets see if this God can answer the prayers of the followers. TRUE GOD.
Followers wishes : " BRING THE COMMENTS BACK ASAP".
YES, here's how you can IMPROVE further... LISTEN TO THE READERS COMMENTS!! Knock, Knock, HELLO !!! Anyone Home ?
The "FREE" Press / Media always lament when they are "muzzled" by 'Dictatorship' Governments.
Yet, it is the same "FREE" Press / Media that "muzzles" its readers and viewers, by neither allowing "free" comments nor “freely” allowing to voice one's views and opinions. Hierocracy.
Hope the 'new' owners, Yahoo EMEA Ltd, will begin a dawn of a 'new' era.
Desired suggestions :
1 ) FREE SPEECH irrespective of Race, Religion, Caste, Color or Creed.
Even in the choicest of invectives. Dont worry about what Whites, Blacks, Browns, Yellows,
Green, Orange, Purple feel about comments against them.
( "The opinions expressed are solely those of the commentators, and not necessarily shared by the 'owners' of the site" - SIMPLE )
2 ) Get rid of the "Report Abuse" button
3 ) Get rid of the "Flag As Inappropriate".
4 ) No Moderators to EDIT or DELETE comments.
( Biased Moderators of Race, Religion, Color, Personal views, etc will edit / delete opinions not
agreeable to their own personal views ).
Especially the Young, who know nothing about anything, world carrying them on shoulders.
5 ) “SAFE PLACE” ? Let people have a war of words online, than a physical war on the streets. NO place is "SAFE" nowadays.
YAHOO Comments 'were' the BEST in the world. Others have tried, but cant match. NO comparison to Yahoo at all. Yahoo was BEST!
THAT is FREE SPEECH in its TRUE essence. Be the FIRST to take the LEAD, let others follow.
Set the Ball rolling.....
Sam Taylor commented
True, It's not engaging if you can't actually engage with it. Most of the news stories are ripe for ridicule and desperately need a comments section to set the record straight.