I heard about this on NPR and thought "this is born to lose....".
BBC NEWS | Technology | Paper's 'wikitorial' trial halted: "US newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, has temporarily ended its short-lived trial which gave readers the chance to edit its editorials on its website.
The online version of the paper started its 'wikitorial' experiment last week. It was meant to give readers a 'voice'.
It was suspended after it was bombarded with inappropriate material. But the paper said it might try the idea again."
rb's translation: The LA Times is dangerously close to admiting that they a) don't have a consensus of opinion among their editorial board b) are desparate to drive traffic to their website and c) haven't had a good idea in quite some time.