Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2012 23:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The last few weeks there's been a considerable amount of chatter on the web about whether or not a news website, blog, or some hybrid thereof, needs comments. Since we are working on the next version of OSNews, which means I've been thinking about things like this a lot, I figured I'd pen down my thoughts on comments.
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Comment Quality Reflects the Readership
by lfeagan on Wed 11th Jan 2012 00:21 UTC
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OS News has a couple of factors that make comments useful rather than nuisanceful.

The readership's generally high level of education and maturity ensures that a majority of comments are accurate, on-topic, and free of derogatory remarks.

The number of readers is small, which keeps the comment volume at a level that all can be reasonably read before responding. The small number of readers also limits the financial benefits of targeting for spam comments with advertisement/scams. If I were a spammer, I would target a larger site with a more diverse (n00bish/gullible) readership, such as slashdot.

Most articles have between 20 and 100 comments, which is about the upper limit of reasonable. I enjoy being able to read all of the comments and having most be useful. If articles routinely had 2000 comments, I would imagine a pretty high percentage would be rubbish, for a variety of reasons. I might start to think more about eliminating comments under those conditions.

Thanks to Thom, David, and the other OS Newsers comments are useful. Good work.

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