Here’s an interesting and ominous example. The Verge “tech” blog began turning off user comments in 2015.
The Verge then proceeded to get heavily into politics, making highly opinionated posts to this day, without giving readers the ability to comment directly to the article.
They claimed the comments turned off was only “temporary”.
They said “we will be turning comments back on on a post by post basis, so look for that”.
And more ominously they ended with “comments will be back. Freedom lasts forever”.
They then suggested to go to the heavily moderated forums to make posts - it’s introducing a hurdle for readers who just want to make a quick comment - but at least it’s there.
Then they shut down the forums because it’s “not active”.
Then the chief moderator posted this:
“That said, many of our best and most interesting conversations happen in our site comments, and we hope to see you there. It’s been a blast, so here’s to everyone who participated in the fun!” The Verge, Chief Moderator
Lol, so they shut down most comment sections, tell people to use the forum, then shut down the forum and say “hey most great discussion is in the comment section anyways”. This is some 1984 stuff - can’t believe they get away with this.
2nd to final post before the forums shut down:
It’s not surprising they shut down the forum after embarking on heavily biased political pivot for 5 years.