Ben Smith on His Love-Hate Relationship with Commenters

Brian Ries talked to Brooklyn-based political writer Ben Smith, the founder of The Observer’s Politicker blog, about recent trends in the comment section of his blog on Politico. Mr. Smith has thought about getting rid of comments all together. From The Daily Beast:

“Comment sections work best if you have a real community—say a neighborhood or hobbyists or ideological fellow travelers—where people share common interests and care about one another,” says Smith. On a political blog, he says, you have to have “very intense involvement and moderation—and ruthless banning—by the moderator.”

In another email he adds that, to him, the commenters are already gone.

“In truth, I gave up on the comments section,” he says. “It’s not an interesting conversation.”