Popular Science Decides Internet Comments Are “Bad for Science.”

Popular Science announced today that it is shutting off comments for good. “Comments can be bad for science,” explained Suzanne LaBarre, the magazine’s online content director. She pointed to “trolls and spambots” who “overwhelm” the magazine’s efforts to “spread the word of science far and wide.” Thanks to these trolls, she went on, “the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.”

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  • Todd F

    Why don’t they edit the posts as they come in and delete the garbage? That’s commonly done. Then again, Popular Science has become Sensationalistic Science so I doubt it makes much difference.