"Internet comments have long been a conundrum. Like communism, they’re great on paper but not so much in practice. Done right, publishing comments can drive discussion and increase reader engagement. But more often than not, publishers have seen their comment sections devolve into a free-for-all in which decorum and even social norms are tossed aside in the name of some grievance, real or perceived. That’s why a small but growing number of publishers are turning their backs on the entire notion of Internet comments." —Quick question: How do you feel about Internet comments? Do you still leave them? Do you even read [...]
The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic. SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads.
They now spend their lives on the run, Google nipping at their heels. Their biggest project? Removing all the spam links on websites like this one—the spam links that they put there.
In early 2011, Google issued an update to its search algorithm—they called it "Panda"—that elevated social media and news sites. Sites both big and small, usually spammy and sometimes not, saw [...]
Col Allan and his friends at the New York Post despise America and also human life, as evidenced by the comments on this story about the mysterious death of a New Yorker, who was class of '05 at NYU. Why Rupert Murdoch would want to host this kind of vulgarity on the Internet, which could easily be prevented with about $38,000 a year in the form of a comments moderator staff position, is pretty unfathomable, particularly when the paper considers itself a moral crusader. I mean, even the Gawker comments are sort of respectful and empathetic! What a world.