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As online commenting heats up, science publication says no more

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WASHINGTON — No offense, Popular Science said, but it doesn’t want to hear what you have to say. At least not on its Web page.

The science magazine’s online edition recently told readers that comments could be “bad for science.” Consequently, it was shutting them off.

The decision is one of many measures that online publications have taken to combat a growing problem: As news has become increasingly digital and discourse often is given over to commenters, spammers and trolls…

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