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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chronicle Tricks Crazed Commenters Into Thinking Their Screeds Still Live. Heh.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 2:45 PM

Well, that's one way to deal with crazed commenters: make them think their tirades are still live on the site, while to everyone else in the universe, they've been erased. So says Investigate the Media, a blog that seems to have been established solely to expose the "devious" new "crypto-deletion" system adopted by the Chronicle:

"So the end result is that the only person who can see a deleted comment is the person who originally made that comment. To everyone else in the world -- the comment is gone, deleted, non-existent. And the only conceivable purpose for this is to trick commenters into not knowing their comments had been deleted."

Sounds like a good idea to me. And while the merits of deleting comments on a newspaper website can be argued, there is -- apparently -- at least one pleasant consequence: incessantly over-opinionated commenters like Mr./Mrs. Investigate the Media "jimjams" are forced to strike out with their own blogs instead of leeching onto, and annoying the shit out of everybody, on ideologically-opposed forums. Ain't the internet grand?

-- Brian Bernbaum

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