In August, at the direction of the Adventist Forum Board, the organization that publishes Spectrum Magazine, Spectrum implemented a new commenting policy on a trial basis. The policy emphasized quality of commenting over quantity, and asked Spectrum readers to limit themselves to one comment per article, except in cases when authors responded directly to commenters. A 30-day trial period expired last week just before the Board’s Fall meeting in Glendale, California.
The Spectrum Website commenting policy topped a lengthy agenda, and after discussion of the guidelines, the Board voted unanimously to extend the commenting policy indefinitely. For those who have frequented the Spectrum Website during the past month, things will remain as they have been. For those who may be less regular visitors, the extension of the commenting policy signifies an intention different from most website comment sections: the reminder to limit comments to one per article (exception noted above) is a reminder that Spectrum values high-quality, relevant, thoughtful feedback to articles. Our goal is to foster and encourage constructive response.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to all those who take time to provide reflections, and look forward to working alongside Spectrum readers to shape a discourse community known for its thoughtfulness and respect.
Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.