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Should we restrict who can comment on stories?

As pulsetoday.co.uk has grown in popularity, we're getting more people comment on our stories. This is a good thing, as it hopefully develops a sense of community around the site and ownership of it among its users. That is what good websites do.

As pulsetoday.co.uk has grown in popularity, we're getting more people comment on our stories. This is a good thing, as it hopefully develops a sense of community around the site and ownership of it among its users. That is what good websites do.



However, just as Pulse is a specialist newspaper for GPs so pulsetoday.co.uk is a website primarily for GPs.

The only difference with the website - hence the 'primarily' - is that in order for users to find our stories by using searchmedica, google and other search engines, we are open to the big wide world. Or should that be the big World Wide Web.

What that means is that although we're still writing for GPs, Joe and Joanne Public are free to read the stories on the site and, if they choose to register, to comment on them.

At present we only remove postings that are abusive, off-topic or contain excessive foul language. Thankfully, there have been relatively few of all these.

What we are conscious of though is that site continues to feel like it's for general practitioners first and foremost. So, do you - and this is addressed to UK GPs - think we should exclude comments from those not within the NHS or the wider global healthcare community?

Or do you not mind if it's open to all, even if their views do not chime with the vast majority of the GP population?

We're genuinely interested in your views on this, so please let us know. And on this occasion in particular, we want to hear from GPs. No-one else.

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