We have made the difficult decision to turn off our on-site comment systems.
Over the years, more and more user conversation has migrated to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, and moderating the many discussion channels is an increasingly demanding task.
We have always valued your thoughts and opinions about our reporting and the stories we cover.
We invite you to continue to join us in conversation on our station Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also interact directly with reporters, anchors and other newsroom staff on those platforms.
I was really surprised because I had just commented on one of their articles the day before. The article had almost 300 comments and the community was engaged with the article.
As a business, knowing that you own your own website, you want to keep your traffic on your site, not push it to another site - in this case Facebook. After all, Facebook owns the newspapers Facebook page, not the newspaper.
Also, in terms of SEO, authority, etc., comments in articles are going to help. Instead, you get rid of them?