This may not be a popular suggestion, but I think it has to be said.
The news comments have become a waste of space. More often than not they degrade into a trail of bitching, insults, racial slurs and often comments that completely irrelevant to the topic.
Refer to this latest thread as an example:
There are two reasons for this:
1. They are not as moderated as the forum (or tat least they don?t appear to be), and
2. they allow anonymous posters (Anonymous Coward)
So I suggest that news comments be scrapped, and replaced with a new system whereby posters are directed to the forum to voice their opinion. I have seen some sites that do this via a ?comments? link that automatically creates a new forum topic for the first poster, and afterwards directs subsequent posters to that thread.
The functionality would be almost identical to how it works now, but users would be required to post under their forum name, and threads can be easier moderated.LiveWire2007-02-22 02:58:07