When I converted the site over to the new format, I enabled registered users to make comments to the entries on the main site (I’m not talking about the discussion forums). To date, few comments have been made and most of these are not the most intellectually stimulating--usually making some claim of a folkloric explanation that I have already dismissed in the Big List article. There has been one troll making comments to date.
My goal had been to enable people to provide updates, citations, informed questions, etc. This has not worked out.
It’s a minor annoyance to police these comments. Not a lot of work, but it is some. I’d be happy to do it if there were a higher signal-to-noise ratio, but the signal in these comments is very, very faint.
Should I disable the ability to comment directly to Big List posts? (Keep in mind that comments can still be made on the discussion forum). Or do people think this is a valuable feature?