It’s long been one of the biggest tech websites on the planet, and we’ve always enjoyed the lively banter that goes on in their user comments, but it seems that the bosses of Engadget have had enough of the insolent yackin’ and have told their users to ‘shut the flip up.’
As from today, user comments have been turned off, with a foot-stamping message warning users that, “Some of you out there in the world of anonymous grandstanding have gotten the impression that you run the place, but that’s simply not the case.”
Although we sympathise with Engadget’s staff – we run a very busy and very lively forum of our own and know how maddening it can be – we would have thought that a site as big (and as well funded) as Engadget would have the resources to moderate wayward users and slapdown troublemakers as they appear.
So we’re rather surprised to see their user comments being turned off completely as it seems a bit of a draconian response to a handful of persistent troublemakers – and a bit of a slap in the face to all its regular readers who enjoy adding their tuppence ha’penny worth, too.
Here’s their full announcement:
Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand. What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users and editors has become mean, ugly, pointless, and frankly threatening in some situations… and that’s just not acceptable. Some of you out there in the world of anonymous grandstanding have gotten the impression that you run the place, but that’s simply not the case.
Luckily, our commenting community makes up only a small percentage of our readership (and the bad eggs an even smaller part of that number), so while they may be loud, they don’t speak for most people who come to Engadget looking for tech news. Regardless, we’re going to crank things down for a little bit to let everyone just cool off, and we’ll switch them back on when we feel like we’ve shaken some of the trolls and spammers loose from the branches (AKA swung the banhammer in our downtime). See you on the other side!