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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Actually I noticed that quite often I only read parts of the article or just skim it, but spend most of the time on reading the comments.

Not just on this website, but on others as well (so please don't get me wrong, I don't want to say that the articles are not worthy to read ;) I just found out I'm mostly interested in people's opinions)


You're not alone in that, and that's perfectly fine. In fact, it's great. To me, comments are on equal footing with out content.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Comments are content, really. On a topic I only vaguely know it's sometimes more useful to know "what people are saying" about it than whatever the blurb is that the company is pushing. "Company foo is synergizing bar by rolling out XYZ, which will serve to bolster its stagnating quux business." - well, the first thing I want is someone more familiar with the company or its industry to tell me whether this is bullshit or not, more so than I want a review of the new XYZ product.

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