News organizations everywhere are contending with the flood of comments and the challenge of what to do about them. Do you leave them alone? Do you let the community rank and reorganize them? Or do you curate them?
Gawker appears to be moving into the latter territory with its media site, Jezebel, in elevating what it considers the best comments. Essentially, if you're deemed "funniest, thoughtful, intelligent, well-argued" you'll move up the rankings to be in Tier 1. To be anywhere other than in Tier 1 is, well, not to be anywhere deemed good.
Obviously it's a subjective call, but it's a serious attempt to sift through what are often phenomenally long lists of comments to find the ones more likely to advance the debate.