Let's get straight to the point. You can now decide for yourself whether you want to see comments on sacbee.com. We've added a button (see below) at the bottom of every story and blog post that allows you to turn comments on and off.
Click the button and ALL comments on ALL stories are hidden from view. Click the button again and ALL comments reappear. The site will retain your preference to hide or show comments every time you visit as long as you have cookies enabled in your browzer.
We will still be moderating those comments that are flagged as abusive by users.
Why did we do this? In an earlier reader forum, users debated the value of story comments. Some thought the comments were too crass; others fought for the ability to air their views, crass or not. Several readers wanted greater flexibility with the commenting system.
This is a first step toward giving users that flexibility. We hope to add more functionality to our commenting system, such as allowing users to block the comments of individuals that irritate them. That function is already available on our forums.
If you want to weigh in on user comments on sacbee.com, post your views to our forum on the issue.
In the meantime, the choice is yours on whether comments are part of your reading experience on sacbee.com -- or not.