A while back it became standard practice for most newspapers to allow comments on the web versions of their stories. Personally I thought it was a necessary step, and I thought it would make for a kind of interactive version of "Letters to the Editor." Now my opinion is that if you judge a population by the comments left on the websites of news organizations then we're a bunch of flaming idiots.
At least one newspaper has decided to try and make some lemonade with their commenting lemons. It's going to charge people who want to comment on stories: