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Old 11-22-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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It's true, those news outlet sites had really terrible trolls. Huffington is still decent, but they have someone watching and deleting obnoxious troll posts.
WSJ has a good commenting as well with minimal trolls... probably the best. Just stay out of the politics articles because those can get heated... but that's true of every site.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:10 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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It's true, those news outlet sites had really terrible trolls. Huffington is still decent, but they have someone watching and deleting obnoxious troll posts.
I know the NY Post got rid of their comment section
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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This means that I will no longer click on titles that are obviously click-bait titles. The only reason to click on such nonsense was to skip the no-information article in order to read the comments.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Well as an online comment user, I knew it was too good to last:

1. Many of us have more fun commenting than reading the story. Sometimes we'd not even read the story. This is bad for the sites because some of the stories were just propaganda or thinly-veiled advertising for some good or service.

2. We point out mistakes. And sometimes insult the writer. Sometimes point out factual errors. Ha ha ha Sometimes the comment section is way better than the story, especially when knowledgeable people comment about the topic.

3. Racists and Jerks - People love to put racist or mean things in the comments. I'm not sure if we are doing good by hiding this part of society, though. If we are all surrounded by anti-semites, racists and xenophobes...don't you want to know?

4. Foreigners Laugh At Us - There are foreign websites that translate US comments into their language. Then they judge the country based on what the commenters have to say. Some of the most vocal commenters tend to ill informed, very racist or uneducated. Or crazy. Just IMHO. Many people in the world (prior to internet) thought we were well-educated, open minded and rich. Eye opener for them.

5. Very Political - The people who dislike the president--much like the ones who disliked former president Bush--are REALLY motivated. They will use any story to insult the president, his wife and kids and even Oprah LOL because she supported him. I'm sure moderators have a hard time keeping a lid on these types of comments.


So basically comments were too much fun for the unwashed masses. They were interesting to read but it is hard to insert ads in the comment section. Apparently nobody on those sites wants to see what the internet using public really thinks, either.

Also commenting--like Farcebook--is an easy way for uneducated people to access the internet. So the usage is high. Managing the volume of comments costs money, and these sites are not motivated to do that. They can't figure out a way to leverage comments to place their dumb ads. These are in the "news stories" which many of us obviously weren't reading.
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Old 11-23-2014, 11:33 PM
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Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Huffingtonpost went to Facebook as their discussion medium. LOL, was it supposed to make things more civilized and less trollish?????????????????

Now the posts over there are mainly left-wingers throwing totally bombastic insults and making totally ridiculous charges/statements.

I think it was better the old way.....with the site hosting the discussion.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:06 PM
 
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Sites such as Popular Science, Re/Code, GizModo many others for the most part aren't in the known for hiding information.
Right... they just eliminate comment sections altogether: A Note to Re/code Readers | Re/code
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Glenn Carbon, IL
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It is indeed true. You completely failed at reading the terms of service. You must use your real name.

https://www.facebook.com/help/112146705538576

Not true

Facebook changes real-name policy, allows aliases | Reuters
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:33 PM
 
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I'm glad I don't pay attention to the news but it seems like more sites do that now than they used to. It's very stupid. If I owned a site I would allow all comments. Depending on the topic, if it got too bad then I would block certain comments but for the most part what happened to freedom of speech? If you have to block what some rude person says, then you're too sensitive and would probably benefit from some therapy. Plus if they're blocked on one site, they'll just haul their crap somewhere else.
I really hope that this requirement of switching to Facebook doesn't carry on too many other sites. What if I don't like Facebook and want to stay anonymous? It's like assuming that everyone who doesn't like Facebook is a malicious person.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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Plus if they're blocked on one site, they'll just haul their crap somewhere else.
Well that is typically the webmasters intention.

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I'm glad I don't pay attention to the news but it seems like more sites do that now than they used to. It's very stupid. If I owned a site I would allow all comments. Depending on the topic, if it got too bad then I would block certain comments but for the most part what happened to freedom of speech? If you have to block what some rude person says, then you're too sensitive and would probably benefit from some therapy
I don't believe "Freedom of Speech" doesn't applies well to the net. A person can't just say(type) what they want on some sites, and expect to get away with it. Of course they aren't going to jail. But typically you are on that webmasters site, he can make the choice to kick a person off.(aka ban them, censor their comments). They can dictate what is allowed to be posted.

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I really hope that this requirement of switching to Facebook doesn't carry on too many other sites. What if I don't like Facebook and want to stay anonymous? It's like assuming that everyone who doesn't like Facebook is a malicious person.
I'm someone who wants to dignified discussions on the internet regardless of anonymity.
Because a person wants to be anonymous doesn't mean a person should type malicious, ignorant things, or troll and ruin it for everyone else.

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:05 PM
 
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Everytime I see a story and then read comments :I wished I hadn't. I now do not read them.
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