June 2008 comments up now

// 26 July 2008

painting of cat with unfinished speech bubbleAll the comments received about features and reviews during June are now available for your reading pleasure.

This time, Roske’s article about women attacking each other, and the lack of sisterhood between women garnered the most comments – although as usual, we had a good selection of comments on newer and older features, reviews, and the odd blog post.

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Comments From You

Jennifer-Ruth // Posted 26 July 2008 at 4:56 pm

Some really fantastic comments in there!

Jess – your comments to some of the misogynists were hilarious!

But, I don’t think the first Matt belongs under the section “Random misogyny, included for illustrative purposes”

He was agreeing that the Daily Mail is sexist…

The second Matt however – wow, he’s something really special, isn’t he? lol!

polly styrene // Posted 27 July 2008 at 11:02 am

I appreciate there may be a good reason for doing it, but I do find it a bit frustrating the way that comments on features are produced as a monthly collection – it’s difficult to relate them to the feature in question, and people don’t get to see them in context. Particularly if you send in a comment on something and then have to wait ages for it to appear.

Jess McCabe // Posted 27 July 2008 at 11:39 am

One of the reasons is that the comments are not moderated in the same way – as in, we’ll publish the offensive ones, sometimes but not always with a response. Therefore it makes sense to seperate them out – when readers come across a feature which has attracted loads of misogynists, they don’t have to see all that taking place underneth it.

However, the main reason is that – while we bloggers have committed ourselves to the concept of instant commenting, often negative, but contributors haven’t. Often contributors are not experienced writers used to dealing with these things, perhaps writing about very personal experiences, and it’s a way of shielding them. I think it would actually put some people off contributing to have live commenting. In contrast, the current system allows contributors to enter into a discussion with readers, rather than just illiciting an overwhelming, instant reaction. It also takes into consideration the fact that we very often get comments on features years after they were published – it would be a bit much to expect occasional or once-off contributors to deal with monitoring a live thread for that long, I think.

It takes a long time because I have to code all the comments up manually, and we get a huge amount!

At any rate, I’m aware it’s not a perfect system, and I’m always up for ideas on how to improve it, but I just don’t think that live commenting is appropriate for the non-blog elements of The F-Word.

Sabre // Posted 28 July 2008 at 4:41 pm

Jess,

Reading the misogynistic ones made me wonder just how much crap does come floating this way. I don’t know if you’d have time, but it would be really interesting to see some stats on the comments received by this website. Which ones get the most comments, which get the most misogynistic comments and the ratios between men/women commenting on particular articles. It would show us which blogs/features make the greatest impact (not that this should be used to place value on them or restrict topics) .How many visits does this website get a day/month?

Good work with the editing in general, you editors have a difficult job deciding how to moderate/publish comments, particularly as you’ll never be able to please everyone!

Games // Posted 25 February 2009 at 9:20 pm

I don’t know if you’d have time, but it would be really interesting to see some stats on the comments received by this website. Which ones get the most comments, which get the most misogynistic comments and the ratios between men/women commenting on particular articles.

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