LA Times wikitorial fails

Updated. Kaye Trammell posts about an experiment at LA Times called the wikitorial “that allows readers the ability to re-write published editorials”.

The paper wrote on June 17: “Who knows where this will lead? It may lead straight into the dumpster of embarrassing failures. Or it may lead to a new form of opinion journalism, reflecting the opinions of everyone who chooses to participate.”

The first day was declared a success. However, the site has already been shut down due to abusive use.

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.