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# 240042 17-Aug-2018 10:54
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Actually stuff.co.nz comments. Making comments on their website is an absolute lottery. These are my main complaints.

 

1.) Publishing of comments seem to be random & a bit of a lottery.

 

2.) Inconsistent level of moderation. Sometimes free speech seems alive and well, sometimes not.

 

3.) Stories closed for comments too quickly.

 

4.) Stories closed for comments will have comments left there or completely removed. Again, this seems to be fairly random.

 

5.) What is the point in making a long & thoughtful comment if it does not get published? This leads to people making brief comments of only one or two sentences.

 

What has your experience been with making comments there?

 

 


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  # 2074747 17-Aug-2018 11:02
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The level of literacy etc displayed on Stuff comments are a horror show. Stuff and the nation would be better served if they turned the feature off.





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  # 2074749 17-Aug-2018 11:04
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Occasionally I've wanted to post in their comments section. Then I come to my senses and realise it's pointless. I've said it before: the ignorance often displayed in their comments is appalling.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2074750 17-Aug-2018 11:08
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IIRC you have to register and give them email/personal details which was enough to put me off bothering...




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  # 2074751 17-Aug-2018 11:10
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DarthKermit:

 

Occasionally I've wanted to post in their comments section. Then I come to my senses and realise it's pointless. I've said it before: the ignorance often displayed in their comments is appalling.

 

 

It's so funny. A journo. could step out of the office take a photo of a newly painted cycle lane.  Write a quick story about how a car lost a wing mirror due to the now narrow street, and the story would attract 587 comments about the CCC and its incompetence. Total time in writing article and taking photo prob. under 20 minutes.


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  # 2074772 17-Aug-2018 11:21
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I posted a comment correcting errors in a report from an academic abouta a NZ product, and suggesting Stuff should approach the

 

specific industry for actual expert opinion. My comment was deleted.  Much of what Stuff publishes are opinions from non-experts,

 

designed to encourage other "victims" to vent their spleens. Is there any NZ website that offers good local news coverage?. 




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  # 2074775 17-Aug-2018 11:29
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BruceHamilton:

 

I posted a comment correcting errors in a report from an academic abouta a NZ product, and suggesting Stuff should approach the

 

specific industry for actual expert opinion. My comment was deleted.  Much of what Stuff publishes are opinions from non-experts,

 

designed to encourage other "victims" to vent their spleens. Is there any NZ website that offers good local news coverage?. 

 

 

I suspect that many of their topics are deliberately designed to be controversial and attract arguments in the comments section. With so much competition from dozens of news sites and social media, a newspaper website has to try hard to be relevant. If the website becomes boring then bye bye the business. As for buying an actual paper I have not bought a copy of The Press for over a year.

 

As for the local news - I refuse to sign up to that annoying 'Neighbourly' thing. If they can't let people read the stories I am not going to register just to read about how someone's garden hose has been nicked. It's as annoying as having to sign up for Quora.


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  # 2074780 17-Aug-2018 11:53
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I'd thought of signing up and doing a "Ken M" - but I'm really not up to it.

 

Example of Ken M commenting style below:

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2074782 17-Aug-2018 11:59
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I bet Ken's a great fisherman as well as comic genius, based on how well he's reeled one in there :-D

 

 

 

 


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  # 2074785 17-Aug-2018 12:03
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Why would anyone want to associate themselves with the sort of people that post comments on Stuff?


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  # 2074787 17-Aug-2018 12:05
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Perhaps you just have the "wrong" view?






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  # 2074789 17-Aug-2018 12:11
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2.) Inconsistent level of moderation. Sometimes free speech seems alive and well, sometimes not.

 

 

Free speech != free access to say anything you want on any platform.

 

Thats to say, its up to Stuff what they want to allow in their comments section. Thats not a hindrance on your free speech.





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  # 2074812 17-Aug-2018 12:30
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BruceHamilton:

 

Is there any NZ website that offers good local news coverage?. 

 

 

If you mean your local area then community newspapers are probably the best bet.

 

For general domestic NZ news I would recommend:

 

Radio NZ

 

Newsroom

 

Interest.co.nz

 

 


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  # 2074814 17-Aug-2018 12:37
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Oh and I forgot to mention earlier, friends don't let friends comment on Stuff. Don't do it, back away from the keyboard, save yourself.





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  # 2074816 17-Aug-2018 12:41
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But I LOVE posting thought provoking comments.....

 

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  # 2074820 17-Aug-2018 12:45
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You... You do realise you're all doing the very thing you're complaining about when you type in this little "Your Reply" box, right?

 

People read something, anything, and think "I have an opinion on that" and off they go.

 

Geekzone, this comment, it's no different.


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