Wikitorials are dead.

And just that fast, the experiment is over. This is all you will find when looking for any of the wikitorial pages at this point:

Where is the Wikitorial?

Unfortunately, we have had to remove this feature, at least temporarily, because a few readers were flooding the site with inappropriate material.

Thanks and apologies to the thousands of people who logged on in the right spirit.

Wow, they opened the doors to anyone and some of the people who came in didn’t have the best intentions? I’m shocked. SHOCKED.

Actually, on second thought, no I’m not.

Not at all in fact.

Welcome to the world that we have to deal with every single day in blog-land. So now they’ve met Mr. & Mrs Troll, wait until they meet our neighbors the comment spammers!

But you know, that’s the funny thing about having a conversation. The other people get to talk too, and often they don’t agree with you, or they say things that don’t relate at all. If the Times plans on having blogs and wikis, that’s something they should probably get comfortable with.

5 Replies to “Wikitorials are dead.”

  1. LA Times Editor-In-Chief:

    “Hey, I thought you said this Wiki-thing wasn’t going to cost money…now we probably have to hire consultants to manage the problem (Consultant Marketing Brochure: …we have 37.5 days experience managing Wiki-type posting issues for major publications!:) and then assign an editor(s) to monitor the comments.”

    LA Times Staff: (silence)

    LA Times Editor-In-Chief:

    That’s it, I’m meeting with the board and then turning the LA Times in to a news blog run out of my house in Westwood. (to staff) …You guys can comment on it if you want. :)

  2. WOW! I didn’t think they could be that stupid… but they actually are! Haha… the Times is so clueless.

  3. Agree completely that they shouldn’t have been surprised at the abuse. It was a good editorial and it’s too bad the newfound fetish for “interactivity” at the LAT was allowed to distract from the content.

  4. Hey, I understand about the Times’ unrealistic goals regarding wikis and their automatic targeting by the trolls, but I think your sarcasm should be directed toward the trolls as much or moreso than the uninformed newspaper folk.

    Trolls aren’t trying to have a conversation, as you put it — they’re trying to simultaneously drown out any legitimate dialogue, causing as much noise as possible to screw up the signal.

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