Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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RE[2]: Slant
by jessesmith on Sat 27th Nov 2010 14:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Slant"
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You say you're open to opposing views, yet you continue to mock and complain about the opposing views in the comments. Politics are getting dragged into technical discussions unnecessarily. Come on, Thom, the site is OSnews, not OSflamebait.

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RE[3]: Slant
by WereCatf on Sun 28th Nov 2010 08:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Slant"
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Come on, Thom, the site is OSnews, not OSflamebait.

It has ALWAYS been OSflamebait. And that's actually one of the reasons I frequent the site so often.

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RE[4]: Slant
by boldingd on Tue 30th Nov 2010 22:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Slant"
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I haven't been here long, but it does seem like it's gotten worse over time, to the point that the quality of news is adversely effected. My biggest problems are that Thom mixes factual reporting (well, quotation of other sources. ;) with his own opinions, and his opinions aren't always (in my own judgement, are seldom) well-informed.

Which wouldn't be as big a problem if it was just in the comment sections, but it frequently gets into the article write-ups.

Edit: Thom, here's a suggestion. Don't editorialize in the articles themselves, just post in response to the articles with whatever your personal opinion is. Or, for that matter, maybe you could create an OSNews opinion page, or something like that?

Edited 2010-11-30 22:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Slant
by Moredhas on Sun 28th Nov 2010 08:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Slant"
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Part of the fun of having an opinion is mocking the opposing opinions. I don't mock people for the opinions they hold, I just mock their position. They may feel mocked by extension, but that's part of the risk of having an opinion: the chance someone might disagree and find it ludicrous or even reprehensible.

Mock away, if you wish. I normally apply this logic to my... general dislike... of religion. People have the right to believe what they want to believe, but I won't be forced to respect something I find entirely ridiculous, nor will I force them to respect the idea there is no God. I have a few religious friends, and out of respect for them, not their faith, I still shut up and bow my head while they say grace.

Anyway, the point is, I had an onion tied to my belt - which was the STYLE at the time...

Edited 2010-11-28 08:36 UTC

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RE[3]: Slant
by meridianrebel on Mon 29th Nov 2010 15:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Slant"
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I agree. The political comments really turn me away from this site. It's one thing for someone to submit a story, and then post their personal views in the Comments section - but when their views are part of the "story", then that takes away from a good bit of integrity from the site. And, the thing is, if it really came down to getting into a debate that has emotional ramifications with a site admin - who do you think would win? The admin can very easily just ban your account without hesitation during an emotional debate. So, this wouldn't be a level playing field at all.

But, if Thom wants to use this site to spew his personal views and opinions, then so be it. I just feel that it's really juvenile for him to do so.

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by Morgan on Mon 29th Nov 2010 18:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Slant"
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You know, back in the 20th century we had these things, these papers, full of news...I believe we called them newspapers. And in these newspapers there was a page for special articles called Editorials, where the editors were able to take a current event and give their...what's the word..."opinion" on said event.

All snark aside, I had no idea the editorial died with the downfall of the physical newspaper. Geez, people, lighten up! Don't read it if you don't like it. I don't read half of what Thom posts because I consider it irrelevant or just not worth my time, but this paragraph is pretty much the only time you'll hear me express that because it really isn't worth getting my panties in a bunch over. If I like it, I read it, and maybe comment in the threads on it. If I don't like it or don't find it relevant to my interests, I skip it and go on to the next article or the next website. It's a fairly simple concept really.

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