Comment moderation overload!

Having urged many times that news sites moderate readers comment, fairness compels me to note the BBC’s adventures in the form over the weekend.

Friday, in the wake of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Beeb’s asked readers what they thought via the site’s “Have Your Say” feature.

As of about 3:30 p.m. Greenwich Time Monday — three full days after the item was posted — the BBC had received more than 11,000 comments … with nearly 2,500 still waiting to be reviewed.

See graphic at right, which I love for its specificity, including the number of comments rejected. Some brave U.S. site should adopt such full disclosure, if only to reveal how stiff the editing or how lame the audience.

That the news broke Friday afternoon in Britain probably didn’t help the Obama discussion thread,since  weekend moderation staffing is probably lighter. At one point Sunday, there were over 4,000 comments waiting to be looked at.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Barbara Miller on 10/12/2009 - 11:19 am.

    Tres amusant to someone whose blog comments number at absolute most in the high (ready for this?) teens. Crikey!

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