The greatest achievement of the Internet has been the ability for malcontents from every walk of life to share their complaints with the world.
Realizing this fact of life has been a slow and steady process for some of the crew here at KCC.
But as of now things are running full steam ahead.
So, KCC’s Kick-Ass tech department at The Lazarus Group is making comments dummy-proof and more accessible for anony idiots.
This giant leap forward came after a philosophical debate regarding user feedback. Here’s a bit of background on that topic.
When KCC updated to a website format there was a choice to make: Use registration for all comments or keep the free-for-all. KCC inadvertatly chose the later to start with and VIRTUALLY NOBODY registered compared with the significant readership comments this site has attracted. Greg Hall’s sports goodness was down from 50 comments to merely a handful and only Craig Glazer’s loyal fans and even more loyal haters bothered to fill out any data.
This was too disheartening to accept so the change up was quick.
So despite the fact that I could care less what you d-bags have to say, the decision to keep the option for comments anonymous and require a more flexible registration is now up to the users.
Given that The Star nearly requires a Social Security number in order to leave a comment, I think it’s a step forward.
Hearne says this one the subject . . .
"KCC does on occasion and will delete the odd, wildly distasteful comment when it is called upon to or comes to our attention. But anyone who reads us knows it’s pretty much open season – unlike our pals at 18th and Grand – for anonymous D-bags to character assassinate us. Ironically, while they limit user feedback at the Star, they love to hide behind the cloak of anonymity and take shots at KCC and TKC in our comments sections. Classy."
In my not-so-humble opinion, that is the PERFECT response and understand this digital medium completely. The reality of the importance of comments and easy access (sexy) reveals that Internet users spend countless hours dedicated to building monuments to themselves and ego-driven commenters care more about their own opinions than any information, facts or discourse.
Understanding this is the key to online success.