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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RE: Kroc Camen
by sorpigal on Wed 11th Jan 2012 12:52 UTC in reply to "Kroc Camen"
sorpigal
Member since:
2005-11-02

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"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

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[3]: Kroc Camen
by sorpigal on Wed 11th Jan 2012 14:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Kroc Camen"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I think it would be far more acceptable today, in our web-2.0-y world, than previously. I'd also like to see it as e.g. a Firefox extension so that it doesn't interfere with the web page's "presentation" - thus avoiding some technical and legal issues.

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