Pilot Letter: No comment(s)


Excellent letter, Mr. Vtipil. Congratulations on getting it published.

I’m not partial to the view that a newspaper has a responsibility to accommodate online comments, but I, too, found the Pilot’s comments feature engaging at times.

12 thoughts on “Pilot Letter: No comment(s)

    1. BTW, Don, don’t you owe me a beer?

      Back to the subject.

      I think if we really added up the regulars it might amount to a dozen or so. Only when the subject of race or illegal immigrants came up did a valve open and flooded the comment section with a bunch of anonymous trolls.

      I go back to The Iraq War as did Don Tabor and maybe a handful of others under various nom de plume.

      So from an economic perspective, monitoring us was not a good return. And it got worse when comment was restricted to letters, Pilot editorials, the cartoon and local news. National perspectives were ignored. And, of course, 300 keystrokes and no linking was just lovely.



      1. Len, I do owe you a beer.
        I hope you’re not into any of that “craft beer” nonsense and will accept a good old fashioned commercially produced AMERICAN beer (but, I have my doubts).

        Only time will tell how much the no commenting policy will impact the overall appeal of the new V-P.

        I’m finding a lot more time on my hands in the mornings, so, in some way, it’s a good thing. I just go out in my garden and vent my frustrations on the weeds.

        I’m having a lot of problems being able to read the new format I have black squares where photos should be and the black squares are on top of the article titles. Some of the text is truncated and disappears on the right side of the screen. I’ve been going back and forth with Erica Smith at the V-P and she seems to have narrowed MY problems down to my browser, Internet Explorer. I would think PilotonLine would be compatible with ALL browsers.

        Anyway, I miss the morning banter with the group. I enjoyed the healthy dose of contrary opinions. That’s what makes America great …. people other than me have a perfect right to be wrong.

        As you would say …. that’s IMHO.


        1. Bad news for you, Don. The only true American beers anymore are the local craft beers.

          Bud was bought out by InBev, a Belgian conglomerate.

          Miller is part of a South African conglomerate.

          Coors partnered with Molson, a Canadian company.

          Pabst contracts it brewing for beers including Schlitz, Schaefer, Strohs, etc., to Miller which is, again, SABMiller out of South Africa.

          Of course you could close your eyes and reminisce while sipping what used to be American beers.


  1. Today’s Hits And Misses column continues to make excuses for eliminating comments and contends that LTEs are an adequate replacement.

    They really don’t get it. Articles and opinions in the Pilot are often slanted and many times factually incorrect. The Comments section provided a “fact check” function and contrary points of view. LTEs selected for publication by the very same people who hold he slanted views and are misinformed on the issues should not be the gatekeepers for responses.

    If the Pilot’s masters in Chicago have ruled there will be no comments section, what the Pilot’s editors and reporters should do is to acknowledge this forum and follow it themselves to restore that lost ‘check and balance.’

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  2. The following is a copy of what I sent in on the topic and CC’d to decision makers. FWIW.

    The response was dealing…..

    As a 40 year subscriber I would like to request that you reconsider the decision to remove commenting from the on-line version of the Paper. I personally find the back and forth entertaining and informative. Being able to read other people’s perspectives on current events and opinions is insightful and adds to the experience of ingesting the local (and national) news.

    I strongly believe it would be a mistake, particularly in this age of dwindling local subscription rates, to remove a quasi-interactive component of the information experience you offer.

    As a life-long businessman it seems counterintuitive to reduce services and potentially lose the interest of those who actively seek to engage through your product and tout its benefits to those others who may be interested in doing so as well.

    I’d be very interested to hear the business case or philosophical argument that led to this decision.

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    1. Well written.

      I belong to a golf club. Years ago under a crappy manager, the restaurant was losing money because members just didn’t use it much. Service and food quality wasn’t competitive with outside venues.

      So they cut staff and raised prices. You can guess how that went.

      I also owned my own business for 40 years. I scratch my head at some decisions made by supposedly knowledgeable people.

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      1. Movie theaters are engaging in that death spiral right now, responding to competition by raising prices.

        Always works, but only if you are a government agency and can force people to ‘buy’ your services, otherwise…


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