Sources: PopSci, BoingBoing, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communications, The New York Times
quote: This isn't to criticize those who perform real science in opposing the idea of humans causing global warming and it should be welcomed with open arms.
quote: While I may not agree with the decisions of these websites to turn off their comments sections, the fact of the matter is that they do often become breeding grounds for the ignorant reality-deniers. Like right here, on DT. Just look at them all...including Jason Mick.
quote: Our society is consumed by vast numbers of ignorant, and willfully ignorant people, who haven't got the slightest problem ignoring reality when it doesn't line up with their baseless beliefs - which includes all religions, anti-vaccination nuts, moon hoax conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, and of course climate change deniers.
quote: Our society is consumed by vast numbers of ignorant... who haven't got the slightest problem ignoring reality when it doesn't line up with their baseless beliefs
quote: Maybe I'm being a bit too philosophical, but science is not reality. Science gets stuff wrong ALL the time. In fact, the vast majority of the history of science, it's been wrong
quote: Any and all people who think they're more qualified than the assembly of the world's *actual* climate researchers to decide whether or not climate change is real, and/or exacerbated by human activity, are wrong.
quote: People are vastly too stupid to understand what you're saying.
quote: That man has done more damage to modern society then Hitlers Germany did in the 40s
quote: because it proves you are an idiot.
quote: That statement invalidates everything else you might say because it proves you are an idiot.
quote: they should still stand regardless of over-dramatic Nazi comparisons.
quote: Science is not a religion where people can interpret a complete lack of evidence to justify countless contrary beliefs or, as happens all too often, by ignoring the available evidence and fanatically insisting it doesn't exist.
quote: In fact, that's the main reason I come here... to see what makes the far right, anti-science flat-earthers tick
quote: The fact is anyone with any cognitive reasoning ability can make up their own mind on any scientific topic.
quote: So no. A modicum of cognitive reasoning isn't enough.
quote: after all isn't open, informed debate the root of all science?
quote: Please go back to your cave in South Carolina Mick, and stick to Fox News. Your Ted Cruz fathead awaits your love...
quote: the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine
quote: Ms Labarre and anyone else on PopSci’s staff who may care,I as a frequent visitor and one whose news blogs send traffic to your site am dismayed at popsci’s decision to stop allowing comments on its articles.I understand your magazine’s wish to report the frontiers of science without seeing negativity from your reading public. I also understand your magazine’s wish to not requiring policing your commenting system. Running a few technology blogs myself, I understand the amount of work that requires. However I also understand that this is the nature of a technical blog. I know the information I post will not always be understood and that my members may need to discuss them to better understand what is represented. They will also discuss/argue the merits of what is presented, and in my view that is a very good thing.Disallowing comments, even positive ones, is a huge disservice to your readers.Not only does commenting allow your readers to assimilate the merits of the information by talking/arguing it through, it also allows them to decide among themselves if an article was really relevant and worth reading. There are also benefits to you as well. Without commenting, how do you know if an article you publish was worth reading? Mouse clicks? Page views? That does not tell you what your reader thought about the article or that they even understood it. That only showed they glanced at it. What kind of reader feedback do you get if there are no comments? This is all very valuable information to any news site/blog. It tells you where you which subjects you really should be focusing on and helps you weed out the irrelevant.In short. Without commenting not only we, your readers lose, but you do too.Please think about it and possibly reconsider your decisions.Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss this with me :)
quote: After all comments are arguably the digital age response to print's "letter to the editor" -- and they often contain criticisms of the article ranging from grammatical errors to factual oversights
quote: ...1) Since when is anyone obligated to run a comments section on their articles? Just because you seem to enjoy riling up Dailytech viewers and then engaging them in the comments section doesn't mean it's everyone's cup of tea....