community tag

Often I get asked what a community editor does, a question I sometimes find it hard to answer. But increasingly I tell people that it’s the community editor’s job to say what everyone else is thinking. Here’s an example to show you what I mean. On yesterday’s story about the Twitter trolls who sent rape …

Not so long ago, comments on many news sites were just a way of generating revenue. Lots of comments yielded higher page traffic through repeat visits and time spent on page as well as additional SEO benefit (Disqus did some research in 2011 which summarised these long held ideas). For some news organisations that’s still …

There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether news sites should have comments. I’m firmly in the pro camp because when done right, I believe comments can add as much to a story as a well-shot video or infographic. But good ones don’t happen by magic. Part of the problem is that we presume …

I’ve been in my role as Communities Editor at The Times for almost two months and, in that time, I’ve met a lot of new people. On a fair few of those occasions I’ve been asked, quite naturally, ‘what does a community editor do?’. Happily I explain that I’m tasked with engaging with Times subscribers …