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Old 11-21-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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Online comments are being phased out - CNN.com

Looks like trolls are still winning. More sites are dropping comment sections.
In my opinion there wasn't much high quality debate anyways.
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The announcement was just the latest in a recent wave of prominent websites removing or significantly scaling back their comment sections. Reuters, Popular Science and the Chicago Sun-Times have recently nixed comments.
Fairly or not, comment forums have gained a reputation as a haven for Internet trolls. Several of the sites that have banned comments noted the lack of civility in their decisions.

"As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide," read a Popular Science post from last September. "The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter."
Like Re/code, Reuters said social media was a factor when deciding to shut down most of its comments this month.
Most sites will continue discussion will continue on Social Media sites.

CNN was famous for it's comment section. Unmoderated, filled with hate, ignorance etc. That was all before Ferguson. (After Ferguson they seemed to have given up on it). The only section they have left open was Cnnmoney.


I think some sites should have did what Espn did, that being require a facebook account to comment.. People whined about initially, but it cut trolling by a noticeable amount in my opinion. It seems sites that require a Facebook, Google+ account, to comment have less problems with trolls.

Sure people can probably make a fake facebook account to troll, but if one is going go through that effort to troll/spam well maybe they will think about it first.

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Old 11-21-2014, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I usually like comments sections under news articles to get an idea of people's opinions on an issue . I guess their disappearance makes websites like city data more useful and important.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I miss the comments on some sites. Trolls have ruined so much. Forums like C-D are my favorite, though. Facebook = ugh!
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:54 AM
 
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Yes they dont like the truth being posted. Alot of people are WAKING UP and posting opinions THEY DONT WANT POSTED!! (Its mainstream garbage so its to be expected)
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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Yes they dont like the truth being posted. Alot of people are WAKING UP and posting opinions THEY DONT WANT POSTED!! (Its mainstream garbage so its to be expected)
Waking up from what?
When I see this argument, I think this means:A person posted or wants to post something "ignorant." And the Webmaster deletes the comments, or wont allow them.

Sites such as Popular Science, Re/Code, GizModo many others for the most part aren't in the known for hiding information.

The problem on these sites was not only trolls being attention w hores and posting something insanely random, but also it seems people are unable to disagree with it turning into a war, with people insulting everything about each other possible.

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Old 11-22-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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I miss the comments on some sites. Trolls have ruined so much. Forums like C-D are my favorite, though. Facebook = ugh!
Yep.
I'm seeing some forums switch to require, using Twitter, Facebook accounts to post.

City-Data, seems to do a good job handling trolls so maybe that switch wont happen here anytime soon.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:24 PM
 
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Waking up from what?
When I see this argument, I think this means:A person posted or wants to post something "ignorant." And the Webmaster deletes the comments, or wont allow them.

Sites such as Popular Science, Re/Code, GizModo many others for the most part aren't in the known for hiding information.

The problem on these sites was not only trolls being attention w hores and posting something insanely random, but also it seems people are unable to disagree with it turning into a war, with people insulting everything about each other possible.
That's why I like sites like WSJD (the replacement site for AllThingsD). You can filter out unpaid users. Paid users don't troll as much.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:25 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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The only site I see requiring you to have a Facebook account to post is ESPN.COM
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:27 PM
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The only site I see requiring you to have a Facebook account to post is ESPN.COM
And it should be that way. The comments section on ESPN was dreadful when it was completely anonymous.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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And it should be that way. The comments section on ESPN was dreadful when it was completely anonymous.
I would prefer that it not be linked to facebook. Rather, make ESPN have a paywall and require you to be a subscriber to comment.
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