posted on Nov, 21 2017 @ 03:57 PM
a reply to: Edumakated
This is something that I know for a fact they've discussed at some of these large media companies.
The issue is that no one really knows how to make an open comment system that's always going to be constructive. Trolls, shills, and jerks are simply
the cost of doing business in an open platform. I know for a fact that the idea has been thrown around from time to time of pushing all comments to
social media managed platforms and then regulating social media so that they would have to somehow keep the trolls off.
In theory that sounds like a solution, but in practice it's near impossible. The closest anyone has really gotten here is China's citizen rating
system, but such a system goes against many of our ideals as a nation as anonymous speech is a requirement to keep it free. When speech is free from
consequences though, it becomes very hard to force it to be constructive... and perhaps it shouldn't always be constructive because a good rant every
now and then can be quite healthy.
And to be fair, I don't think 100% of the blame here lies in the comments... sure many comments can be written in bad faith, but we can look to
authors too. I'll use ATS as an example. If you remember when we used to get a bunch of celebrity AMA's, some would truly engage with the posters.
Others wrote their opening post then avoided all criticisms of their work and only promoted the comments that benefited them. A lot of media is the
same way, and the authors don't write their content in good faith. They simply want a platform to write where they can censor the challenges to their