That’s it. I’ve had enough. Today is the beginning of a better life. From today I will not be reading the comments on web pages. AT ALL.
Who the hell are these people? Why do they have so much time on their hands? Why do they think their opinion matters? Oh wait, let me check…. ahh yes, they are morons. They have time because regular people don’t want to talk to them. They have time because they have nothing useful to do. They have time because they think their comments are important to the well being of the universe.
But just a damn minute, they might be morons but I have been far worse than a moron. I have been bloody reading their comments! Slowly spiraling into despair as I get further down the page. It’s like a drug that makes you sick but you keep going back for more. You are looking for that hit. The comment that makes you think more deeply about the subject or just simply laugh.
My problem is that as a coder I have learnt much over the years from the comments left on coding blogs and the following discussions with the author of the post. The comments were often where the gold nuggets of information lay. Comments are important in this context.
These days comments are on every site no matter what is being posted. “Build a community” is the call to action of any website “social” team. “Get users to interact with your site”. Add a Facebook plugin, drop a disqus module on a page. It’s too easy to add comments. It’s all very well creating a community but you have to consider who is living there. You should police it.
Now sites like Stackoverflow.com and the many others of it’s type do police themselves. The community is very clearly structured and members earn their powers to police others. But comment systems have very little of this.
YouTube was the first to go on my list of “never reading the comments”. That was an easy decision as it’s the worst offender for streams of stupid, offensive, poor grammar and Hitler based insults. Now I am stopping them all. Some because they are simply so mundane and others because they are too depressing.
It’s a reflection of the Internet’s maturity as a whole. When I first started using the internet it was populated by research scientists, university students and computer nerds. I was in my element. These days the internet is for everyone, on every device in every corner of the world. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a great thing. I want everyone on there, we are experiencing a true global revolution. But I need to move on from the degenerating districts which attract the wrong crowds. Comment sections are like moron magnets, drawing in the worst of the online community and I need to let go.
I’m leaving. Looking for new pastures where intelligent discussions are held. I feel free just saying it, I feel a little cleaner.
Wish me luck, I’ll see you all there soon.
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