Internet Comments Are Awful. Could They Be Awesome?

Steven Melendez, Fast Company, Dec 13, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article looks at some of the work in the online comment space (also known as the Great Cesspool of the Internet) offering "a mixture of technical innovation and social incentives could make online comments readable—and even engaging." For example, Civil - "The online equivalent of taking ten deep breaths before picking a fight." Or the Coral Project, which has a tool called Ask for embeddable comments and feedback, as supporting tools called Talk and Trust. Or the Engaging News Project, which has an embeddable quiz widget. Or of course Disqus, which is used here at OLDaily. Of course, these are all aimed at publishers, and not really suitable for blogs or personal publications.


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