Wasn't aware there are actually people out there responding to their own comments and flaming themselves just to dial up attention (referenced by head of Engadget after he turned comments off recently for a cooling off period).
Self policing vs moderators - both have pros/cons, combo probably best.
Facebook Connect factor - really impacting the landscape.
Possible solutions discussed included:
Interesting idea of "auditioning" to comment, which Gawker does.
Privleges to promote and demote commenters, held by long standing trusted commenters.
People respond the way they're expected to, based on what's accepted in the community -- and that can work negatively as well as positively.
Consider communities where the site sets the tone for the comments vs where "start commenters" are really the influencial party.
Mention of integrated commenting systems, pulling in comments from other social media platforms. Lending further context.
What is a comment? Definition changing? A tweet? an RT? Not just text - speaking now in links images, videos. Raises point of diff btw commenter culture and interactiion culture - is that the same thing in the end, just an evolution?
Facebook Liking - simple way to express opinion.
"You're not as anonymous as you think you are."
"Ultimately there have to be people involved to enforce those rules"
"The site sets the tone for the comments"
"The people that bitch and moan the most in the comments are the people you can probably do without on the site"
"Sometimes the editor themselves can be the trol" - by posting things they know will get the community riled up
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference" -- in context of polarizing, strong reactions people have in comments. Even though people claim to hate something - the sheer volume of respone can indicate otherwise.
"These days you cannot expect people to come to your blog to comment. They have so many other places to share their opinion."
What did you think of this review?