Derek Lowe discussing a NYT article making the case for allowing comments on scientific publications and archiving them for posterity.
. . .the comments section of any engaging article is almost as necessary a read as the piece itself — if you want to know how insider experts received the article and how those outsiders processed the news (and maybe to enjoy some nasty snark from the trolls).
I think this is exactly what science is about, and exactly what it needs.