Good Questions!

By: Chris Mossman
By: Chris Mossman

One of the more astute witn.com readers asked us how we "order" the stories on the site. He also had a good question about comments. Click for more information or to ask a question of your own.

Editors; I don't know exactly how you decide what stories stay and what stories go, but it isn't just from 'scrolling off' as you claim. Otherwise the stories would be in order by posting time and date. This isn't the case. I looked at the second page and they are NOT SEQUENTIAL. There are stories older in front of newer stories etc. So if the stories truly go away in a 'scroll off' sequence as you claim, they would all be in order with the oldest story being the last one on the page. I have looked for stories in the past on both pages and couldn't find them, only to have them magically reappear at a later time. No, I am not blind...I search thoroughly when I am looking for something in particular. Anyway, I am not beating you guys up, I am simply saying it isn't just the 'scroll off method' that sends a story to the abyss. Someone is doing some selection. I have also noticed some stories that would surely draw many comments that we cannot post to. Any reason for that?

VBush

Editor's Note: There are a number of factors involved in how stories are set up on the front page. We try to have the big stories from the past few hours on the top of the home page. For instance, the Clay Aiken story, while its gotten a lot of views, is not big news. It needs to be down the page even as a brand new story. However, if you see an older story up high, it's because either a) it's important, b) we have new information or c)it gets a lot of views.

There is a manual step we need to take to activate commenting. We want to have comments on 99.9% of our stories. If a story isn't accepting comments, chances are it's due to operator error. Let us know we forgot to enable comments and we'll likely get it fixed.

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