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Resident Advisor’s comments section closed

DanceSignal, Written on Monday, January 7 2019


As of January 3rd 2019, users will no longer be able to leave comments on RA.

The statement :
RAs comments have roots in the '00s heyday of message boards. Our message boards, and later our comments section, were a place for people obsessed with electronic music to share knowledge, recommendations and general chat. Many comments were thoughtful in a way that elevated our content and created a sense of community around RA and the global electronic music community we cover.

Over time, things changed. Social media introduced a more broadly accepted way for people to communicate online. Comments sections served an ever-smaller portion of users, not just on RA but across the internet.

This might explain why we no longer see in our comments a fair reflection of our audience or our community. Too often a tone of disrespect prevails, occasionally boiling over into full-blown intolerance—sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, you name it. To highlight just one part of the issue: by now, any content involving women is likely to receive sexist comments.

 

H/T: RESIDENT ADVISOR