Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Comment About Comments

At JamBase, we're all about allowing people to speak their mind. What is the live music experience without opinions, discussions, theories and general debate? This is why one year and ten months ago we enabled "comments" for the stories that are published on our site (which are also often submitted by fans). Be it a Featured Article, Interview, Show Review or Newswire, we wanted to give you a place to give 'feedback'.

Most of the time these comments supplement the stories with a general pulse of the community reaction and gives everyone a chance to chime in with their take. Every now and then certain individuals (who will remain nameless) get involved at a slighter higher volume, velocity and demeanor which tend to hijack the conversation and forces people to reply to their comment, usually with a higher degree of negativity than the original comment until the whole thing spirals into a match-up of wits, jokes and insults that depart completely from the original topic.

Occasionally we've had to go in and remove certain obscene or completely unacceptable comments, and on a very rare occasion resigned ourselves to removing the comments option from a story entirely. We hate doing this, as it undermines everything we've tried to build here at JamBase, especially around the participation of our community.

Today we're excited to roll out a new enhancement that allows you to vote on any comment.

If you like the comment, give it a thumb's up. If you don't like it, give it a thumb's down. If enough people vote the comment down it will be hidden from everyone. You can still "Show" hidden comments and vote on them yourself.

We're not silly enough to really think that this will completely solve the problem. What we hope this feature will do is give people a bit of incentive to be more thoughtful with their comments, as well as give fans a way to voice their discontent (and content!) with a commenter without resorting to negatively commenting themselves.

If all those reasons fail, we hope you'll agree that it's still a pretty cool feature!

Happy Commenting!


p.s. Thanks to Digg, Yahoo!, Netscape and all the ajax developers out there who have come before us for the inspiration.


Blogger Martin said...

woohoo! a comment about a comment about comments.

4:57 AM  
Blogger TheTomSpeed said...

Nice comment, Martin.

9:07 AM  
Blogger c said...

bA comment about comments about a website that has added so many damn features that none of them work right, all of the real news articles are late in being posted, and no one knows how to find anything anymore. Especially when you never know, maybe some admin removed it. Dont like peoples comments? REMOVE the comments features ENTIRELY. Who needs them?!!? I'm supposed to give a flying fook about what's said by some person calling themeselves "THCxtc07" or "wookmaster" or WHATEVER?? I'm supposed to want to make a public Profile to get to know them better? YEAH RIGHT!
Jambase jumped the shark about two years ago. The only reason you were ever better than pollstar is because you were easier to use. Now you want to be freaking MYSPACE? geeezus H man
Since it is your policy to delete things you dont agree with I am sure this will be coming right down.
Oh well, you asked me to COMMENT
and thats what I have to say. Thumbs down? more like thumbs up your ass guys

12:19 PM  
Blogger karacter0 said...

c, your comment is priceless. Without the comments option you couldn't have published the gospel I just read. And, with all the Fall Out Boy and other pop coverage on Jambase these days, I do like the ability to chime in and tell mindless fans how bad they suck.

Why does the Jambase band list look more like these days? Jambase needs more than one domain!!! How about a filter option in my preferences to keep Hatebreed, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Clutch and Toby Keith off my monitor, please?

6:20 PM  
Blogger karacter0 said...

Much needed improvement (I think). I have given a few thumbs up, and see no confirmation pop-up with ok button. Does this mean that people who don't understand the thumbs up/down system are clicking on them, thinking that they are a hyperlink, and not getting the expected result (redirection to another page). I also think that you defeat the purpose of comments by hiding messages that don't violate a specific set of established rules. Sure, admin should remove unprovoked hate speech (racial slurs) and unrelated topics (promoting your own band). Anyone argee?

7:12 PM  
Blogger jaysus said...

If you are really posting comments regarding this, you may want to sit back and reflect about just exactly what you are doing with your life. By the way, what am i doing???

6:31 AM  
Blogger alex said...

jambase doesnt get near the amount of respect it should for being on the cutting edge of technology

1:09 PM  

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