A Note to Re/code Readers


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Like all websites, Re/code is in a constant process of iteration. So, starting today, you’ll notice a few changes on our site, and we wanted to let you know about them.

You’ll see some design and functionality revisions aimed at making the site quicker to load and easier to navigate and use. For instance, there’s a new, slimmer page header with a more prominent search field. And there’s a new, much simpler and easier method for subscribing to our newsletters.

The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site. We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.

Our writers are all active on services like Twitter and Facebook, and our official Re/code accounts on social media post our stories all day long. Readers aren’t shy about offering their opinions to us on these and other social media services, and you are likelier to be able to interact with us there.

In effect, we believe that social media is the new arena for commenting, replacing the old onsite approach that dates back many years.

To make sure you can easily let us know your thoughts, we are placing writers’ email addresses and Twitter user names in more spots on the site. We look forward to more and more reader feedback. And, as always, we thank you for reading.

— Walt & Kara