Turns out the internet is getting older quickly. Many of the features that users enjoy are being turned off on many websites. This includes online comments which let users post comments in response to articles posted by websites.
An example of this is on Re/code and tech blog that decided to shut off their article comments as a response to internet trolls that have led to less hospitable websites. Even major websites such as CNN have disabled comments as recently as August except on certain topics where they believe high quality debate can add to the story.
Other websites are simply redirecting users to social media websites that they believe users would prefer to use to post on due to existing accounts and enhanced security features at these sites.
Other websites are allowing comments but strictly monitoring or filtering out sites. This is what the Gawker series of sites has chosen to do in order to reduce the negative impact that internet trolls can have on the site, something that Terry Richardson has also been a vocal supporter of.
Still, many users love and enjoy reading comments on websites even when they are offensive to others. Many people find these more entertaining than the actual stories.
Websites such as CNN has chosen to blend both models by moderating meetings between writers, editors, and users who want to interact in a positive way which fosters the community that the online comments used to, but in a measured and controlled setting.