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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sorpigal
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2005-11-02

I believe that it works. I also believe that it doesn't scale, is discourteous and encourages passive, eloi behavior. I won't tell you to stop, but I'll say it's bad and shouldn't be done here.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

I also believe that it doesn't scale, is discourteous and encourages passive, eloi behavior.


I allow freedom of speach more than any previous administrator, so I don't know why it should encourage eloi behaviour ;)

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

It sets up a worldview in which positive is okay but negative isn't. This is a somewhat subtle psychological thing, which you would be totally justified in doubting exists, but of which I am personally convinced. It's harmful to represent a world in which there is officially no negative. The rest of my opinion flows from that.

I am also against political correctness on TV and in public forums, for similar reasons. Politeness for the sake of suppressing negativity is evil.

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