First of all . . .
An admission . . . We nearly shut down comments on this blog. In fact, we did, for a couple of days until it got lonely.
Fact check . . . Commenters would like to think that they provide value to a website. That's false.
Whilst social media outlets like Twitter & Facebook run off user generated junk and snippets they legally pilfer from publishers; there is very little real value in reader comments.
Example . . .
A 12th & Oak endorsed Kansas City "forum" is mostly populated by bots who generate content and comments and they claim more than 100K users. To an Internets novice it might seem like a vibrant gathering of local discourse . . . Sadly, most of what the humans post is photos of their lawn and really corny inside joke with absolutely ZERO understanding of how this cowtown works . . . For that, they're earning big bucks from Chinese investors hoping to ruin the U.S. Internets in much the same way that greed for Far East cash killed American cinema.
But I digress . . .
The point here is that The Kansas City Star might be a bit sensitive amid a wave of teasing according to our blog community . . . Here's the word . . .
"It seems they were too triggered with comments about "Drunkie" . . . Comments are turned off again for two days now."
Again . . .
Comments rarely equal view count so it's not a great loss.
And . . . To be fair . . . Social media trolling is still active for those who bother to debate with the last purveyors of print media who didn't even put out a local issue today.
Developing . . .