User comments on news sites
Yesterday, ksl.com unveiled its new comment system. I must say that I love being able to see what other people think about news stories, especially local ones; comments are the feature of Slashdot that I love the most.
This is quite the contrast to the Washington Post which recently turned off user comments on their blog postings. Although I can understand why they are nervous about some of the user-supplied content, I cannot help but think that they are shooting themselves in the foot. What's strange is that it seems they weren't even allowing people to comment on the main news stories, but just on the blog.
For me, half of the value of news stories on places like Slashdot and now ksl.com is seeing how everyone else is reacting. There is a sense of community there that is sorely missing in much of today's media.