Sunday, April 26, 2020
TKC Pop-Up Comments Comeback!!!
Blog note for our most dedicated denizens of the Kansas City discourse and a bit of TKC generosity for our community of readers, scumbags and digital roustabouts who aren't nearly as classy as global ambassador of hotness Doutzen Kroes.
First of all, this month we explored an important axiom with this blog - Comments don't equal numbers. Most blogs and news sources have turned comments off and their traffic is just fine. This month comments were lower BUT site traffic is at an all-time record high because the COVID-19 lockdown has kept people desperate for anything vaguely resembling entertainment or information - Which, of course, pretty much describes this lowly corner of the cowtown Internets.
Still . . .
Here at TKC we remain dedicated to keep an open forum if only because every now and then there are really insightful replies that shed light on local issues far better than anything we've seen on social media. But, for the most part, it's just a lot of garbage . . . The comments are filled with trolls, plenty of failed journalists and even a few foreign and faraway visitors who don't have much insight on local issues. And, of course, the widely despised Byron.
Since we switched up comments earlier this month, we noticed that the number of replies have been mostly consistent with a slight decline. There have been a few complaints but most of them have been either vaguely threatening, only partially written in English or so random that they were ignored.
However . . .
Today, a far more thoughtful note from a friend of the blog and a professional working in local media came through and convinced us that the result of the experiment was mixed. It seems that blogger.com embedded comments don't work well with IOS. That explains a lot given that most readers are broke-ass users of Windows & Android.
So TKC is returning to pop-up comments FOR THE MOMENT.
We expect the trolling among the regulars will rise but ease of use will be improve and for now that's most important.
Consider it a gift for so many deadbeats who act like they own the place even though they've never spent a dime here . . . But also, this little switcheroo offers yet another realization that things change, keep changing and sometimes move backwards -- An important Sunday night lesson for this coronavirus era of uncertainty.
Developing . . .