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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Kroc Camen
by M.Onty on Wed 11th Jan 2012 01:48 UTC
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I agree with your points Thom, but I also like Kroc's take on commenting:

Some web sites are supposed to be forums (you know what I mean, like a real world forum, not a BB), and so benefit from comments. Some are supposed to be publications, and so are better off leaving it to other authors to respond on their own sites. A web master should know which his or her site is.

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RE: Kroc Camen
by ssokolow on Wed 11th Jan 2012 02:34 in reply to "Kroc Camen"
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Keep in mind that, as mentioned, it IS a continuum.

Most of the stuff I follow is more on the publication side of things (eg. most Planet Mozilla blogs) but that doesn't mean I'm willing to do without seeing a little of the reaction to it too.

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RE: Kroc Camen
by sorpigal on Wed 11th Jan 2012 12:52 in reply to "Kroc Camen"
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I disagree. Comments should be everywhere and, importantly, whether the owner likes it or not. Obviously site-integrated comments are somewhat superior, but I would support a generic decentralized comment system that can attach threads of replies to specific URLs such that just by visiting them I can see whether there were comments and read them if I choose. I imagine such things already exist, but if they don't they should.

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RE[2]: Kroc Camen
by ricegf on Wed 11th Jan 2012 14:02 in reply to "RE: Kroc Camen"
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Early in the web's rise, something like this was released. Technically its trivial to implement, but if I remember correctly the commercial sites claimed copyright infringement because the comments altered their "publication" (even though only for those who specifically chose the changes - like the legal fight over the ClearPlay on-the-fly DVD remixer) and the system shut down.

Perhaps you'd like to launch that feature again? Perhaps with a branch of Firefox or Chromium?

I guess the news commenting sites are the closest we have today. *sigh*

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RE: Kroc Camen
by Neolander on Wed 11th Jan 2012 18:51 in reply to "Kroc Camen"
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I think it is not as simple as forums vs publications. On my OSdeving blog ( ), which probably counts as a publication by your criteria, I enjoy comments for two major reasons :

1/On content/objective posts, they give people an occasion to report mistakes without going through the hurdle or writing a mail or something even more complicated. I know I hate writing mails to people, why should I inflict it on others ?

2/On opinion/design/subjective posts, they allow me to see what other people who come around there think on the subject, which allows me in turn to broaden my intellectual horizons.

Have to admit that I have small enough of a user base to resort to manual comment moderation, though.

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