The Com has been dead for nearly two weeks now. I never thought I'd say it, but I do miss the old rag just a little. Seems like the biggest change with the switch to the Ann Arbor News has been a sharp drop in the number of comments on articles. Sure, a good portion of the comments on the Com were problematic. So from one point of view, this could be seen as a benefit to switching platforms. On the other hand, much of the strength of online publications comes from the online communities that grow around them. Even if the Com's community could be overly negative and tended towards hating students and cyclists, the website did manage to create a sense of place. The Ann Arbor News section of MLive.com feels a little empty in comparison.