Readers can’t wait to participate
If you’re like me, you watch the “comments” link on blogs and forums for some idea of how popular an item is, or how much it resonated with the audience.
Well, how about this feature on the Anchorage Daily News site, where the comments on the last four items totaled 56, 77, 84 and 77.
Not bad, huh?
The item is “Name That 'Toon,” featuring a drawing by ADN editorial cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl for which readers submit proposed captions. Not only do scores of readers send in suggestions each week, they also read through the forum and comment on one another’s proposals.
A description of the process, from their website:
How this works: Each Wednesday we'll publish an Alaska-themed political cartoon that's begging for a caption.
Your mission: Supply a fitting punch line. Click on 'add new comment' at left to submit a caption and watch this page to see captions submitted by others. A panel of cartoon connoisseurs will select the winner. Judges will consider wit, aptness and originality. The winning caption and two runners-up will be published in Sunday's paper in the Opinion section and the winning caption will also be published online, along with the author's name. (Sorry, Daily News employees and relations, you're ineligible to win.)
What other features generate lots of reader reaction for you?