Comments: Obligatory Google News "Comments" Post - Google is creating original reporting

Ouch, your "cancel" button should have a "Delete all content?" warning :/
I just typed something, hit the wrong button, and in a split second everything was gone because the comments window closed...

Posted by Philipp Lenssen at August 8, 2007 05:18 PM

In any case, in a nut-shell, I wonder if Google will allow e.g. if you (as verified part of the story) send them a link to say illegal porn, or bomb building plans...

Posted by Philipp Lenssen at August 8, 2007 05:19 PM

Blame the software :-).

Google's made clear they won't publish it "if your comment includes hate speech, calls to violence, or other offensive comments."

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at August 9, 2007 04:06 AM

re: "We'll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question."

Well, Seth, consider the hypothesis that Google is trying to do some constructive here.

Suppose, a poor subject is slammed gently or harshly by a news article. Google may be assuming something that much of the major newspapers aren't, at this point: that the subject of a story has the "right of first comment." (that is, even if the subject doesn't comment first, it is visually brought to the top.)

Posted by Jon Garfunkel at August 10, 2007 12:55 AM