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by Wade Wallace
November 20, 2019
Dear CyclingTips readers,
It’s come to my attention that we’ve recently been seeing more and more comments on the site that resemble those in more toxic corners of the internet. I thought now would be a good time to address this.
Throughout the years, CyclingTips has become known for the insightful, productive and genuinely interesting conversation that takes place in our comments section. Not only do our readers get many articles from us every day, but quite often we end up with many other points of view, opinions or additional information on a particular topic. Personally, when I read something on CyclingTips, I’ll head straight to the comments section to see what people have had to say, and then go back and read the article.
I can’t think of too many other places left on the internet where the comments are as positive and insightful as you make them here, and I think I speak for all of us when I say I’d like to see that continue. Most other outlets decided to turn off their comments years ago, which I feel is a shame but had to be done.
A few things I’ve noticed about the comments on CT over the years:
A cartoon published in the New Yorker in 1993, by Peter Steiner, for an academic discussion on website evaluation. What held true in 1993 still holds true today.
I’m happy to say that CyclingTips is growing at a more rapid pace than we’ve ever seen before. We have lots in the works that will be enabling a better and more engaging product for you and I’m excited to see those things come to fruition.
With growth also brings certain downsides, such as a more ‘robust’ commenting environment. I still have faith in our community moderation and our readership’s regard for our high quality discussion, but we also start to see some readers visit us more frequently; visitors who make the mistake of thinking we are like some other sites out there that have a less positive tone than we do here.
I’d like to thank the community for adding such value to what we do here every day, and I’d also like to welcome new commenters and readers during this exciting time of growth. If you haven’t already, please take the time to review our community standards. There’s really only one rule, and that is to speak to each other like you’re sitting in someone’s backyard having a BBQ. Also remember: nobody ever wins an argument on the internet.