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I know the Herald sees the hashes from those visiting the site to comment. What I said was the programmer can fix the program so that those who comment that they feel need to be gagged or have a ban (say 48 hours to a week or a month) can happen from the main hub. I too have been surprised at some of the comments that were able to pass thru, as I once had a comment deleted because I said someone must have "grown a pair of brass ones". Since then I have seen much worse on here. You know as well as I do that it will be nice to not have some of the comments that are spewed forth by some posters on here. I quit reading many a long time ago and only look for specific names so the more that leave, the merrier.
Someone told me there is another Albany newspaper with a comment section but not like this one. Apparently the editor asks for comments on articles. Anyone know? If there is maybe some of those who are leaving might go there. Another idea would be for the Herald not to go thru with the new policy of only allowing contributors to go thru Facebook and stay with the old system but get tough on enforcing the rules. If you have a programmer who coded this for you I am sure he/she can alter the program so that those you find offensive can be gagged, etc. and then banned for a specific period of time. Everytime a PC logs on to your site it leaves its fingerprint and I am sure your programmer could easily see whose PC signed in and can gag/ignore them. As I said before, one program I once went to had a great programmer and he had it set up so people could be gagged, or ignored totally. I will even give you the name of the programmer if you like, and your newspaper can contact him. I am sure he would be glad to come onboard and fix what is apparently broken. Another man I know wrote an excellent program with over 1200 subscribers and tried to improve it and shot himself in the foot. I hope the Herald isn't going to do that too.
Glad you are staying. I have enjoyed your honest and straightforward commenting on this site and look forward to reading more of them.
I look forward to your continued comments on here, erudite.
I will miss you southwestga. I have enjoyed your comments. They were honest and straightforward, with no abusive statements whatsoever. You are correct too, in stating the Herald failed to enforce reasonable standards.
Totally agree with you there, southwestga. I have read some wonderful comment sections in the NYT and have also participated. Also, commenters, in some online comment sections, are able to have what they deem offensive items collapsed, so that if a particularly offensive comment is seen, others may get rid of it. Some may find that to be total censorship but the reader can still take a look at what comment was collapsed, with a simple click. One thing I wondered, as far as this program goes, is why the developer didn't code in an ignore feature. One of the programs I used to go to had that feature and it was wonderful.
Best post so far- do not view them. I don't get all bent out of shape when I stay in a hotel that has a bible in the nightstand.
I hate social media and don't have a Facebook account either. Last year the program I had posted on for over 12 years decided to make everyone get a Facebook account and soon the membership fell from about 1200 to the neighborhood of approximately 150, and I am told that the numbers dwindle everyday. I don't like the intrusiveness of Facebook, or any social media program for that fact. Maybe I will get one, who knows, but will have to be coached thru how to use it. Lucky me tho, my granddaughter is coming for a visit and maybe can teach me. If not, I guess I will say bye bye too. If not, see ya later in the print section. I do think it is a good idea tho, to change the format for some comments were pretty rough lately.
Yesssssssss......how true bigbob. One thing I would like to see them investigate is all the crazy head checks that the government doles out every month. When I worked as a visiting nurse I went into homes where kids not only told me that "mama says I don't have to worry about working, the government is going to take care of us like it does now"...and my all time favorite was - - "Mama said if I can get a crazy head check that will be good. All I have to do is act like my brother. Mama said it is easy to act crazy."
Haha, Red......I did the same thing....after a while they didn't believe me till I told them to come to this web page. Now they are true believers. I have spent most of May going to college and high school graduations and the topic of welfare and entitlements has come up a lot, especially with those parents getting ready to send their child/children off to college. There is resentment among them about how the welfare kids get a free ride and seldom ever make it thru the first quarter of their first year of college. The parents who have worked hard to provide for their children resent the fact too that so much scholarship money is wasted on idiots who can carry or bounce a ball but not read or write. One of the observers, a very elegant looking lady behind me, at a recent graduation made a comment during the ceremony. The speaker asked, as most do during the awarding of the diplomas, that the applause be held until each child had received their diploma and then they could applaud. Of course the speaker's words fell on deaf ears, as the whooping and hollering started when a segment of students began to walk. She said "that is probably their grandparents who raised them doing the whooping and hollering. I hope they take pictures because it is probably the last time they will see one of them getting a diploma." Then one young man started to walk to receive his and put on a show....pretending to drop his diploma and his crowd laughed and carried on as if he gave a fantastic comedy routine. He then bowed and walked off the stage. Then I again heard the lady behind me say that he was 19 and already had 2 baby mamas....one child was 4 (YES 4!) and the other was 2. Kinda made me want to jump out of my seat and tackle him and choke him. Ah, the wonders of the welfare world we live in.
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