Two Cents and Trolls

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You’ll probably have some opinions by the end of this article.

Keep them to yourself.

That was the impression Popular Science magazine gave its readers after announcing last September it would close the comments section of its website. Opening her editorial with “Comments can be bad for science,” then-digital editor Suzanne LaBarre explained that “trolls” were counterproductive to the magazine’s work.

“Even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story,” she wrote. Continue reading