As many of you on here have done, I tend to go to Yahoo News sometimes to read articles. Not because the articles are great, but because the
responses. Some can be rather shallow and insulting, but many of them are very witty and give a true view of the situation, aside from the MSM's spin
Well, all that changed yesterday. Yahoo abruptly removed their comments section yesterday morning, claiming "technical issues." Along with many
others, I called them up to attempt to verify this, and they told me it should be up within a couple hours. That was almost 24 hours ago. As a
computer science major, I can tell you that their excuse is most likely bull. Their comments section looks like it is java based, one of the easiest
programming languages. Yahoo is reputed to have one of the best programming teams on the web. If they are having trouble with their comments section,
either there's a malicious reason, or they are utterly incompetent. Now, many times they have trouble with the Yahoo Answers message boards or email,
but those are usually fixed within a couple hours. I have never seen something as simple as comments on an article be down for this long.
Now as for why they might be censoring comments, there's a rumor floating around. It's just that, a rumor and I'm not sure how reliable it is. But
it's been posted on Yahoo Answers many times. The rumor is that after Saturday's debate, there was such a positive reaction from Ron Paul people, that
Yahoo decided to cut it's comments section. Now it's just a rumor, but the strangeness doesn't end there.
This morning while in my email, I noticed an article mentioning Ron Paul:
Actually, this is the first article I've ever seen directly mentioning Ron Paul.
Well who is it written by? None other than David Rothschild. Maybe this is just me, but I feel like he is almost mocking Yahoo users by some of his
Ron Paul is by far the most popular candidate in The Signal's comment section. In every article we post there are streams of comments on Ron Paul.
First, thank you for commenting! We appreciate that you are reading the articles and taking the time to comment on them. Yet, the readership of The
Signal is not a representative sample of the relevant electorate and the subset of The Signal's readers that choose to post comments are an even less
representative subset of the relevant electorate. Thus, being the most popular among those people who comment on this website is not a powerful
indicator of the election outcome.
Ron Paul is leading or in second place in many straw polls, but again, these are not representative samples of the relevant electorate.
Similarly, Paul dominates positive tweets in an atmosphere that is incredibly negative. But, tweets originate from an unrepresentative segment of
the electorate who can "vote" many, many times.
So what do you all think? Am I grasping for straws here? Maybe I am, but the whole thing just seems odd to me.
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