Comments Policy

At ChurchandCulture.org, you may notice that we no longer have a comments section on our blog page. The team at ChurchandCulture.org recently made the decision to remove the commenting section from the blog page. This decision was made in light of recent discussion about commenting sections, and the inevitability of people who “troll” the internet looking to cause trouble.

A recent article run in The Charlotte Observer put it well:

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

Popular Science magazine made this same decision back in September stating that “Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off. It wasn’t a decision we made lightly…. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the [lively debate], diminishing our ability to [spread the word of science far and wide.]”

If this rings true for science, then even more so for religion.

The mission of ChurchandCulture.org is to explore contemporary culture and to resource the local church and its leaders in light of the church’s mission to impact our culture and those who live within it.

When people use the comments section to spread vitriol and discord, this does nothing to further the work of the Kingdom of God.

Furthermore, it requires time and energy that could be put to better use to monitor the comments section for inappropriate language, inappropriate comments and postings by spambots.

It has also been found in a recent study cited in the New York Times that “Uncivil comments not only polarized readers, but they often changed a participant’s interpretation of the news story itself.”

We still value your feedback, and the ChurchandCulture.org team can be contacted through the "Contact Us" tab. 

ChurchandCulture.org Team


Sources

“Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments,” Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press, December 26, 2013, read the Charlotte Observer article here.

“Why We’re Shutting Off Our Comments,” Suzanne LaBarre, PopularScience.com, September 24, 2013, read online.

“This Story Stinks,” Dominique Brossard and Dietram A. Scheufele, The New York Times, March 2, 2013, read online.

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