Any open forum has to constantly work to find ways to foster "witty and
worthy comments" without sinking under those that Will Oremus neatly
categorizes as "the vicious and the inane."  Having just seen both of the
latter sorts on our own SftP, you might find it interesting to ponder what
the alternatives mean, both for discourse, and for science.

Slate's Will Oremus raises the question of whether Popular Science's
decision to stop all public comment "protects science" - or just the
institution of Big Science.  And, not coincidentally, Big (aka
for-profit-über-alles) Journalism.

Irony abounds.

Also, check the links for more info, research, and details.

*Are Internet Comments Bad for Science?*

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a
revolution.  -- Paul Cezanne