Thanks for the feedback

04:01, Feb 23 2012

Our post on our plans to give Stuff a bit of a makeover produced an enormous amount of feedback from our readers.

We were thrilled that so many of you took the time to respond to our call for your input into the features, content and design you'd like to see on the site when we make some changes. Our aim is to involve our readers as much as possible in the site and to make the process of evolving and improving it a collaboration between us.

Many of the ideas you suggested already feature strongly in our plans for the next couple of months, so it was pleasing to know we are on the right track in giving you more of the things you like.

We know you want more comments on stories. This is something that we also want. Stuff comments are currently pre-moderated by our newsroom editors and so we always have to balance our ability to moderate comments in a timely way with the amount of stories and people we have.

We try to turn comments on as many stories as possible. We have no bias towards the right or the left. But we tend to avoid opening comments on stories that might get us, or the commenter, in any legal trouble, like a story on an ongoing jury trial, for example.

You also gave us lots of suggestions on improvements to comment functionality, which synced nicely with our short-term plans.


There were lots of great ideas for other functions, and a consistent theme that the most important thing to you is high quality reporting and editing.

Fairfax Media has the biggest network of journalists (reporters, photographers, video staff and editors) in the country. We have high standards when it comes to our journalism, investigation and story-writing and work hard to provide you with a well-edited product.

Our journalists and editors produce literally hundreds of stories a day, from a fast-rolling breaking news story to a considered opinion piece.

We know that you expect the highest standards from us and we work hard to give that to you. We take your feedback on this very seriously and will continue to work hard to give you the very best quality in journalism and our writing.

We have lots of really cool things coming up for you this year. You can also expect to be involved more closely in what we are doing, both on the site and in our newsrooms, and we hope many of you will enjoy becoming part of this process.

In the meantime, please continue to give us your feedback and ideas, or ask us questions about what we are doing and why.