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Old 01-15-2012, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Ocean View Post
I tend to think of it as a natural way of sorting out commenters. There's a certain kind of commenting, which would require minimal adjustment to the disqus format: people who tend to write shorter comments, one at a time without following conversations much, don't interact with others in the free content threads, and rarely if ever, participate in the more informal, social ways of interacting (sharing music or other media, personal anecdotes and the like). Those who are short messengers, cheer leaders or brief critics, passing short lines, will naturally migrate to disqus.

And then there's the rest of us, the verbose and the obstinate debaters, those who like to include articles, quotes and graphs to support their points. Those who are capable of writing short essays, or just type away their stream of consciousness. Those who can keep the same topic going for days or weeks. Those who like to respond to five different people on variations of the same general topic. Those who like to scan comments to know which ones have been written since the last time we visited. Etc, etc, etc.

The latter will decant here, perhaps try a few times over there until it just gets too tiresome, too boring, too uninteresting to continue. It's a natural process.
I wonder about the new legal forms that the Internet era might bring. For instance, say you build a public forum, free-access and all that, at what point do the participants acquire a share of the property rights? Take Facebook. What if tomorrow Zuckerberg pulls the plug: will there be legal consequences? Sure it's his site, he owns it. But can he really do whatever he wants with it? I don't know.
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