questionsdo you agree with nick denton that comment…

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how ironic would it be if there were very few answers/comments to this question...

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Who's Nick Denton, and why is he saying those terrible things about me?

{No, I didn't read the article. Probably won't, either. Life's too short, and I'd rather do something fun.}

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It is pretty funny to me that the article is about how toxic and negative many comment forums have become, and puts Denton out there as a major critic of that negativity, but then portrays him as being "quicker to shoot down ideas that others are trying than to provide proposals of his own."

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Most comment sections on articles and things like that seem to be obsolete and basically worthless as I'm more inclined to trust the author to have the facts right than sexystud2745 who commented on the article would.

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Would be nice to have put a summary of his comments in the question. Sorry, I'm lazy :)

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"Denton said his sites are planning to post some stories that allow only a hand-picked, pre-approved group of people to comment on them. That, he said, would make the comment section an extension of the story -- and allow people, like Charney in the above example, to have their say without fear of being piled onto by others.

"I think it's part of the answer," he said. "What I want is I want the sources -- I want the experts to be able to comment in these discussions.""

I'm going to hand pick my own group of yes-men because they are experts and the rest of you are stupid is what I read.

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If you're read the comments section of any news websites, well... res ipsa loquitur. I've made a point to not read them any more because there are usually unintelligent, uninformed opinions, vitriol, and the occasional spammers. One of the downsides of the Internet is that it gives practically everyone a voice, even those who shouldn't be heard. It's also created brave men from cowards - those who feel free to write anything but would never repeat them in the room full of people.

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It was mentioned in TFA that Gawker's sites tend to be very sensationalistic and the writing is from a particular point of view. What he says (in short) "We don't like people being mean to us." So, Denton's desire is to be able to say anything and everything they want to, short of the United States' very difficult to prove libel laws, and not have anybody say anything back.

That said, it depends upon the site. I go to /. for the comments.