On comment abuse
Posted Nov 20, 2003 7:38 UTC (Thu) by Klavs
Parent article: On comment abuse
I'm a subscriber to LWN too - and I also read LWN for the content - not the comments. Sometimes they can be good to read - sometimes they are just something I don't want to bother with.
My biggest problem with the comments, is that I can't subscribe to my own threads, and get emailed if someone replys. This mean I can't make any serious discussions here, as I can't possibly go in and remember every article I commented and check for updates often enough. And also, I know the ones who reply can't either thus making it possible to have almost any sort of back-and-forth discussion.
IMHO you should implement a seperate forum for comments - with a "forum/channel" for each article. This is what many does. And do use Open Source. There are a lot of good forum software, that has already done some work to help the forum owners to prevent trolls etc. and they also support things like subscribing to forums og threads.
This way improvements done by you, to decrease trolls - could be given back and the users of the same forum software would benefit. STOP developing your own stuff - reinventing the wheel is just plain dumb!
Thanks for a great LWN.
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