Mathew Ingram reporting on coming changes to the way that Gawker handles comments, has this little nugget:

This was actually the original vision behind Gawker: Denton said he noticed the discussion and gossip around a story in the newsroom or at the bar when he worked at the Financial Times was often far more interesting than the story itself — and he wanted to turn that discussion into its own form of media.

This may be true (and I think it is often more interesting), but I have to wonder if promoting comments, in the way that Ingram describes in this post, is the right way to go about this. The problem with comments: too many idiots that just want a to shout and when that gets promoted on a site you want to read, well it ruins the site — usually.