I’VE SAID IT BEFORE and I’m bound to say it again, but PNG Attitude would be much the poorer without the flow of daily commentary that is sourced in its readers
As you’d expect, some readers are more prominent in offering their views but, each year, some hundreds of people take the opportunity to have their say through our Recent Comments section.
The discussion and debates that ensue often take the articles further than the author might have intended (including wandering into side tracks and even blind alleys), but they’re mostly entertaining and frequently provocative.
One of my jobs as editor is to ensure that the arguments flow freely without getting into water that is too deep legally or in terms of personal offence. Another is to find the time to clean up tortured prose that is defeating the writer’s intent to communicate a point of substance. A third is to exercise interventions from time to time, especially when I know a commenter has made a factual error.