Popular Science - Why We're Shutting Down Our Comments

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    Sep 25, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/why-were-shutting-our-comments
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    Sep 25, 2013 2:09 PM GMT
    Wow. I do believe those who use unfriendly words in a forum or comments section [they] skew people's interpretation or perception of a [topic].
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    Sep 25, 2013 2:33 PM GMT
    I always observe this behavior in many threads, many times, even today!
    I've also noticed some/many who are outspoken despite the common attitude/interests/opinions of most of the others(comments) in the same thread.

    But, I've also noticed that these outspoken comments are often against the general opinions of the majority. It doesn't feel very much outspoken/independent...

    This is why I always remind others "Don't let anyone dictate you & you shall dictate none"
    I think the best way to be independent is to be honest and polite!
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    Sep 25, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    This is sad--that internet trolling has become so prevalent and so overpowering that a major website would shut down comments. The truth is, yes, negativity over-rules the internet. I learned a long time ago that is best to simply negate trolls by not addressing them. It's time for the good people of internet in general to do the same.
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    Sep 25, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    "A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science."

    Thanks, Right Wing and religious fundamentalists, in your continuing war on science and reason. Turning the US into an intellectual Third-World country. icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 25, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said"A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science."

    Thanks, Right Wing and religious fundamentalists, in your continuing war on science and reason. Turning the US into an intellectual Third-World country. icon_sad.gif



    That's pretty much who they're talking about without coming out and saying it. I actually read PS often, so I know first hand the comments they're talking about, and it's always from ignorant BuyBull Thumpers. They argue about the Earth only being 6000 years old and Creationism and really destroy any sane discussions that are taking place.
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    Sep 25, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    A lot of sites have shut down comments. It's a lot of work to filter and moderate that stuff. That's why services like Disqus and Livefyre exist. Much easier to offload the bullshit to someone else and let other commenters moderate each other.
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    Sep 25, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    The Huffington Post has been considering shutting theirs down as well. I think their current plan is to make people use the real names instead of screen names in hopes that people will not be as vile when they don't get to hide behind a "dudewithabeard", so to speak.
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    Sep 25, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    Again the stupid people win.
    Starting to disbelieve in Darwinism myself.
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    Sep 25, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    Huh what is Darwinism?