(02-07-2012 09:00 AM)janedrake Wrote: I tend to feel the same way when I read the comments sections of online sites like Yahoo, or even WaPo. What's even more frustrating is that the people who tend to post at these sites are the face of the nation to anyone reading the comments from outside our country. One could easily get the idea that everyone here is twisted with racist hatred, illiterate, and overall, mentally disturbed. I've noticed that one or two sites seem to require a Facebook "real-name" account in orderto post a comment, and that seems to be having a winnowing effect on the yapping hyenas.
Someone remarked on that story last night that he thought it was curious how so many people seem to hate Obama, yet he won in '08 (hinting that he didn't win legitimately).
Uh, no. People forget this is a nation of three million plus. Most people have more to their lives than to troll fucking comment sections on Yahoo!...
Born A Truman, I actually kinda sorta like them adding the FB option to commenting on articles because it puts a face to the name. The internet is filled with so much anonymity that so many people say bigoted, racist, ugly stuff they would never say with their name attached to those words. Sure, you'll find people who just don't give a damn, or others who, like you said, create fake profile accounts, but in the end, it's far better than the Yahoo! policy that allows for the most basic profiles to comment on articles.
Ideally, they'd drop the reader input. It's not a message board - it's a news article. When I'm reading about the death of someone, I don't need to scroll down to see the death is a Jewish-Obama conspiracy to overtake the f'n world.