Scott Karp from Publishing 2.0 has a fascinating interview with Arianna Huffington from The Huffington Post on their recent decision to allow their top Commenters to Bloggers on the site.
The idea is pretty simple – Paul Berry explains in the announcement post:
“Reading through the comments on our site, we realized that our commenters are a tremendous — and underutilized — resource. So we’ve created a process whereby we will choose one commenter a month to become part of our group blog.”
Commenters are chosen as a result of the ratings that other readers of the blog give their comments and as a result of moderators preferences.
It’s an interesting system and one I’m sure we’ll see other high profile blogs and news outlets experiment with.