Posted Aug 13, 2010 17:57 UTC (Fri) by farnz
In reply to: Kill file
Parent article: Oracle sues Google over use of Java in Android (ars technica)
Unfortunately (and I say this as an ex-subscriber, who's no longer subscribing because of the tendency the comments section has developed to descend into flamewars), the comment filtering facility only works for the individual who sets filters. I can't take an article or single comment, filter the comments out completely (or at least remove all the users whose comments will upset my managers) and send a link that I know won't get me into trouble. Perhaps this could go on the LWN wishlist?
It's a shame - LWN used to be a useful resource for explaining things to non-technical managers, but these days it's too dangerous to use it that way - my management is likely to latch onto a flamewar in progress in the comments and tell me off for reading "a Slashdot-style waste of time". As a result, I can't justify paying for LWN any more; what's most depressing is that if (in the threads that get nasty), I could point out that "look, the editors are asking people to calm down", it'd be OK - they'd accept that it's hard to stop people misbehaving. It's the lack of anything I can point them at to say "it's just a few troublemakers, and the management is asking them to behave" that makes it dangerous for me.
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