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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

VC Blogger Ilya Somin Disagrees With the Vast Majority of VC Commenters

At least that's how I read this (see the fourth full paragraph, beginning "To the extent that...").

Ilya, I feel safe in saying you've got a lot of company on this one. 

Posted by Paul Horwitz on September 8, 2009 at 04:18 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink


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This is just the kind of Obamabot idolatry I expect from fellow travelers like Horwitz and his ilk. Go home to Canada and take B. Hussein Obama with you.


Posted by: Orin Kerr | Sep 8, 2009 7:42:31 PM

One of the really facinating cultural stories of the Internet area is the character of comment sections in forums where there are active comment sections. They range from vile and vapid to thoughtful; a range seen on sites with many comments as well as those with few comments. One of the few clear trends is that leading conservative voices on the web are less likely to have comments at all than are leading liberal voices. VC is in the middle leaning a little towards the positive end of this range.

Sites with quality original posts, often have worthless and hateful comments (e.g. many newspaper sites). Moderation and membership limitations have an impact, but less than you would expect. Active administrator led moderation (something I did in a web based forum as volunteer for a number of months) doesn't have a definitive edge over alternatives at high comment volume sites. Some sites with identical comment moderation systems have very different comment quality.

Section 230 eliminates liability for poor comment moderation and if anything, encourages sites to do nothing.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Sep 8, 2009 4:33:44 PM

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