The evolution of this blog continues and this time we're challenging our reader community . . .
Can you be clever enough to make a point, share a thought or offer an insight without being a douche???
Sadly, for most constant TKC commenters (Mean Girls), the answer is no.
But for YEARS the TKC comments sucked but the hope to foster a "free speech zone" pushed us forward.
This decision was realized after a bit of soul searching, self evaluation and an honest question: Did I really want to spend $24 a month so a bunch of randos can argue with each other all day???
Today you have your answer.
Again, the comments basically just sucked with a few bright spots but mostly garbage.
Finally we tried to switch to Disqus but found out most of the trolls just found their way around pre-moderation systems and spent their entire day browbeating one another . . . It wasn't really "free speech" and really just resembled something nastier than the scrawling on a truck stop restroom.
Still . . . Moderation is controversial and GOP leaders are pushing back against big tech to make sure their voices are heard online.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a law that gives the state the power to penalize social media companies when they ban political candidates, escalating a fight between the tech industry and Republicans such as DeSantis and former President Donald Trump.
However, obviously, TKC isn't big tech.
This is a side hustle at best and basically just a blog of a dude who lives in his mom's basement and happens to know more than most about local politics.
Let's be honest, we're not saving the manatees here at TKC.
However . . .
This is just a blog. Not a newspaper and certainly not a social media revolution.
And the fact is . . . Thinking about it . . . Curating comments is actually a lot like blogging and finding interesting stories to share . . . The practice admits that most of the stuff out there is garbage but there are always a few gems worth highlighting . . . From both conservative & progressive perspectives. That's what we want to try for at least a couple of weeks.
Also, for many of our readers, Disqus was too cumbersome. Most just wanted to type a comment and send it away without having to register with a new system . . .
TKC likes the idea of the comments working more like a "letter to the editor" rather than a forum - Of which there are COUNTLESS OTHER OPTIONS ONLINE!!!
However, for a few hours a day the comments will be 'open' for our close, close readers who crave instant gratification.
Ewwwww . . .
More on that later . . .
As always, the threat/reaction from angry trolls is that readership will dwindle with comment moderation.
We know for a fact that's not correct given that most people don't bother with comments . . . And those who do can always come back in order to check and see if their clever retort made the cut. Moreover, as we get ready to take a job at Walmart, TKC believes that checking for new comments might be a fun distraction on toilet breaks. TMI???
Again, this is simply another experiment so try not to get panties in a twist . . . And more importantly, use a nickname, strive to entertain and be clever with your comments!!!
Developing . . .