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The Hull Daily Mail evidently decided over the weekend it had received enough of a kicking over its Beverley porncoder investigation, and pulled all comments on both the original story and the follow-up. For those of you not up to speed on Beverleyporngate, the Mail exposed the owner of Beverley news website, Paul …


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  1. Squirrel


    Hull is already in Hull so it can't get any worse ;)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Couldn't be worse?

      Of course it could - it could be in Manchester!

  2. Paul Gomme

    They have form for trying to stifle competition

    They clearly feel threatened by the HU.17 website. A BBC report from a few years ago shows how strongly they wanted to be sole media provider in the area:

    Pages 37 and 38 refer to HDM's declining market share and are likely to be the cause of their personal attack on Mr Smith.

  3. John G Imrie

    Oh Bugger

    I new I should have archived the comments page on the HDM story.

    Oh well I'm sure someone will have a torrent available soon.

    Fail on my part for being so short sighted.

  4. CD001

    missed opportunity

    ... to ironically lock the comments on this story :)

  5. Scott 19


    Someone point out to the editor of the HDM the El Reg story maybe we can get another FoTW from him after the excellent rant from tha NASA engineer.

    I'm sure the 'Think of the Children' law made up by daily rags will be trotted out as the reason behind this shameful attempt at (Sorry i can't use the word journalism for this stroy, whats the corect word for a hack story like this, ah i know) Jeremy Karl (think thats wrong) reporting.

  6. Oz

    Snail mail?

    Now that the internet method of commenting is closed at the HDM, can I assume that more traditional methods of supplying feedback will now be employed? Dog turd in a jiffy bag anyone?

  7. Bastard Operator From Hull


    I'm ashamed enough having to live in Hull, and the HDM's behaviour over all of this just exemplifies that feeling. What a bunch of muppets (And not the good kind that sing Queen songs et al)

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not just Hull

    All "newspapers" that are part of the "This Is" network are equally reactive over comments criticising the moral standpoint of the paper. "This is Gloucestershire" regularly delete comments on their website for nothing more than pointing out that the paper's apparent moral standpoint over pornography and prostitution is at odds to their policy of accepting paid advertising from "Escorts" and "Masseuses". Also in Gloucestershire it is apparently "wrong" to criticise the newspaper's weather "expert"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I don't know if that's perhaps an over-generalisation

      I happen to know several journalists who either work for, or have worked for the Bristol Evening Post, (as in 'This Is Bristol'), they're all perfectly pleasant people. Maybe it's no coincidence that this particular paper seems to be doing fairly well round these parts, whereas the HDM with reportedly poor circulation is stooping to this sort of story to attempt to claw back readership.

  9. Paul 4

    Point your anger here

  10. MonkeyBot

    The Orlowski Defense

    Maybe they just prefer to receive comments by email so that they can give them their full attention.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)


      Sometimes I dream about a Reg without comments. I wake up smiling.

      1. Richard 120


        Then wouldn't you be obliged to take a cut in salary?

        Plus we know you love it.

        1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

          Re: But...


          And no.

      2. The Dorset Rambler

        and then..

        you realise it was but a dream....

        and the screaming begins again...

      3. mmiied


        some times the coments section of the reg is the only humor I get in my day :(

    2. Basic
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      Well said

      That always annoys me - I get to the bottom of an article and there are no comments- I don't even need to check the byline - It's an Orlowski

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Well said

        I don't know what makes you think it's enshrined in the constitution somehow that you are entitled to bleat your opinion on everything. Besides, there have been plenty of occasions of late when Andrew's stories have allowed comments.

        You lot really are going to drive me to drink. Wait - to stronger drink.

        1. Rob Beard

          Stronger drink

          I thought folks who worked for IT news sites were on this stuff anyway...


        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          I used to hate my job

          I left, before I turned into one of those people who is always moaning about hating their job but continues doing it anyway (admittedly I may soon be homeless).

      2. Kevin Dwyer

        It's an Orlowski

        Ah, but if there are comments then it's a "Lesser Spotted Orlowski"

        It's the Camo one with the copy of Collins Field Guide to Endangered Journalists in the pocket

  11. Neal 5

    Naziist El Reg Moderatrix shows true colurs, non Democratic of course cites (freedom of the press)

    "In fact, as of this morning, comments are suspended across the entire Mail site. El Reg's Moderatrix was earlier said to be "impressed" with the paper's handling of unruly commentards."

    Ja Wohl mein (English)(fuckin+) Fuhrer.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who's the pimp?

    Yet editor John Meehan is happy to pimp his rag, The Hull Daily Mail, and publish classified adverts for Escort Services.

    So Meehan gets paid by the HDM who derives some its earnings from sex workers. I think the public should know what kind of hypocrite he is.


  13. Anonymous Coward

    John Meehan - FAILING editor

    With the HDM readership falling through the floor, advertising revenues slumping - apart from Escort and Massage Parlour adverts, which, btw his pathetic toilet paper replacement happily accepts - they have to try something.... anything...

    Mr Meehan: Failed in Exeter, failed in Hull. Is there anywhere you can't fail? Probably not....

    AC - obviously.

  14. LinkOfHyrule

    Doing some sums

    Dose anyone know roughly how man pages each copy of the HDM has?

    I'm trying to work out if it will be cheaper for me to subscribe to it then to pay 45p for four Tesco Value toilet rolls, seeing as the only thing that 'newspaper' is good for is smearing with poo. Oh no, hang on a sec, smearing is something they already do to their competition and people they don't like isint it, silly me!

    What a bunch of ass-wipes! <-- hahaha! Get it! The HDM would probably employ me to write funny headlines/make up the news, if it wasn't for the fact I think they are a bunch of scum!

  15. Anonymous Coward

    Still Digging though

    Another veiled attempt to discredit Mr.Smith.

    Truely a new low.

    1. some vaguely opinionated bloke

      "An [sic] partnership"

      ... as the page title doth say...

      And at the end of said article:

      "A protest at the Mail's coverage over the issue discussed online failed to materialise yesterday."

      ... because we deleted it...

  16. gumbald

    Ford Escort

    Can El Reg not get an exclusive with the HDM? Tell them you're an escort, wanting to place an advert/comment.

  17. Anonymous Coward

    the Orlowski defense

    "Maybe they just prefer to receive comments by email so that they can give them their full attention", MonkeyBot

    Haaa, nice one ...

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does anyone know how to fill a IPCC form out .?

    as title,.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a bunch of wa...........

    ...sters (got ya there eh ?) the Daily Mail are . Have they not got any better stories to run than harass someone ? Hope he sues for defamation.

    1. Martin Milan


      Just before The Daily Mail unleash their legal attack dogs upon your ass, I think we should perhaps clarify that you meant the Hull Daily Mail.

      Of course, should the Daily Mail themselves act against you, some might say you have a defense of fact.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    one more reader the HDM can say goodbye to!" .....

    and one more reader who should learn not to end a sentence in a preposition.

  21. Sam Therapy
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    I don't want to type a bleeding title!

    Most provincial papers are at the same level, so no big surprise really. In fact, most papers are at that level.

    BTW, it could be much worse than Hull or Manchester. Try living in Rotherham. Festering chav filled sink hole eyesore.

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