Herrn Muller Again
Posted Apr 1, 2011 10:55 UTC (Fri) by farnz
In reply to: Herrn Muller Again
Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
I found the articles and the letters to the editor useful - the clarifications and expansions in letters to the editor were adding value.
When comments were introduced, they also added value; the people who were writing the letters to the editor shifted to writing comments. Over time, people providing intelligent comments have been drowned out in favour of personal attacks and rants; as a nice side effect, you've ensured that I cannot safely send a Subscriber Link to my managers, because I will get pulled up on spending work time on a site that's so poorly managed if the comments happen to degenerate - and there's no way to predict which articles will do that.
I don't know what the solution is - if I did, I'd be e-mailing LWN with it again; I do know that the shift in SNR on LWN has meant I no longer find it worthwhile paying for access, and that comments that basically boil down to "guys, the SNR is low" don't help improve it. I can only hope that a gradual loss of income will convince Corbet et al to find a way to improve it.
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