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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by ssokolow on Wed 11th Jan 2012 01:33 UTC
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There's also the psychological effect on the readers. I don't know why (maybe I'm just a masochist) but I ALWAYS want to see at least a few of peoples' reactions to things... even if it's scrolling down to something marginally less pointless on the occasional ThereIFixedIt or GraphJam pic my mother sends me.

For that reason, I specifically select for sites with commenting and against sites without.

Excellent point about things like Twitter though. People forget that Twitter was and still is designed as an SMS listserv with a web UI. No wonder StatusNet/'s threaded view STILL beats Twitter's closest equivalent.

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