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Ralph Haygood

Ralph Haygood

I'm an entrepreneur and scientist. As an entrepreneur, I founded CardVine. As a scientist, I study evolution, ecology, genetics, and genomics. Learn more about me at http://ralphhaygood.com/.

By happymisanthrope on The End Of Comments

@BadUncle Arguing a point in the article is good. Leaving a comment about how the article was poorly written or needs an editor is annoying.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:51 am 2

By Peteykins on The End Of Comments

Awl comment threads tend to be good, smart, short. When I see articles on the Huffington Post (for instance) and see that there are 5,000 comments, I just wonder what is the point?

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:46 am 1

By BadUncle on The End Of Comments

@jolie I have to agree about critical responses to articles. I've been guilty of it, though I try to remember to not be an asshole. Maybe all commenting dialogue boxes should have mouse type saying "Don't be that jerk."

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:03 am 1

By Gef the Talking Mongoose on The End Of Comments

Please don't make me get a Gawker account just to satiate my urge to comment.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:46 am 1

By jolie on The End Of Comments

I still, for the most part, enjoy the comments on things I write—which is saying A LOT, given where I write. It's frustrating, however, to be subject to the "silencing effect" that negative comments have on writers, i.e. that you truly just CANNOT respond to them even when doing so can clear up a misperception, misunderstanding or address flawed information that a person is trying to insist is true and that your audience might take as gospel because there's this sense that a commenter correcting a columnist is the one who is in the right. Sometimes that's the case, but most often that person is dead wrong and yet? There's no truck in attempting to respond because no one wins in a comment (or twitter) war.

Related: No, Jezebel Commenter, Goo Gone does NOT remove silicone buildup from wood but thanks for playing and also while I have you, NO Jezebel should not hire a cleaning expert who has a PhD in Chemistry. That is an absolutely fucking ridiculous thing to suggest; if you have a PhD in Chemistry PLEASE do something better for the world than what it is that I do.

Sorry, really have wanted to get that out of my system.

ANYway. On the flip side of that, I also enjoy sites that have a robust commenting community and find it sad when that peters out. I've enjoyed being part of what was once a really fun and smart and sometimes incredibly insane commenting community here and at The Hairpin and have been sad to see that fall by the wayside. Though I suspect that the editors are thrilled to have effectively silenced the commenters, and it's their site, so what I feel about it doesn't matter at all really. If it happened while I was still contributing to the Network I would have been wicked bummed, but I still retain an incredibly vocal (oh my God, so vocal!) audience so in practice the lack of comments here has no effect other than to tug at my sentimental heartstrings from time to time.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:25 am 3

By Setec Astrology on Tom Lehrer, American Hero

@CTD - Same here. Also, being "a beloved instructor in math and musical theater" sounds like more or less the perfect job.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm 1

By CTD on Tom Lehrer, American Hero

Damn, you had me worried he was dead!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm 1

By Logan T Huge@facebook on Gays Assassinate CEO

@lemmycaution He quit, it's on him

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm 2

By BadUncle on Gays Assassinate CEO

@lemmycaution Donation to a cause is more than simple "political belief" - it's powerful advocacy. And he was the CEO, which is more than just a "job" to take or lose. It's the public face of a corporation, and the chief salesman of its mission, values and product. That job defines the brand. And thus his public advocacy of a cause incongruous with that brand would have jeopardized Mozilla's business. They should never have elevated him to the position of Mr. Outside, in the first place. Also, he *quit* his job. He didn't lose it.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm 2