Musings —03.04.2013 09:28 AM—
From the Times:
In the civil group, those who initially did or did not support the technology — whom we identified with preliminary survey questions — continued to feel the same way after reading the comments. Those exposed to rude comments, however, ended up with a much more polarized understanding of the risks connected with the technology.”
As some of you may recall, I refused to permit comments on this web site for many years. I was concerned about vicarious libel liability, one, and – two – I simply thought comments, particularly unmoderated ones, had turned the Internet into a cyber-sewer. Despite that, or because of that, one guy even created an unaffiliated web site for people to comment on what I (and others) posted.
I eventually decided to accept comments, with rules, when I was persuaded that I could effectively moderate what was offered up. The unmoderated streams at places like the Globe and Sun News are libel time bombs waiting to happen, and I’ve told friends in both organizations as much. We’ll see if I’m right.
In the meantime, take a look at this study about nano-commenting. It’s interesting.
And, of course, if you want to comment, go ahead.
Just be nice.