The FrontBurner comment saga

Man, the people at FrontBurner are mounting a relentless push to fill the entire front page of FrontBurner with stories about the new comments policy. Just a few more and they’ll have it!

Here’s a timeline of Tuesday, April 21:

11:51 a.m.: Wick ends comments forever. End of discussion.

12:41 p.m.: Tim can see both sides and posts responses from both sides.

2:02 p.m.: Wick, apparently, only gets positive e-mails from readers and posts four of them.

2:26 p.m.: Tim posts a link to Bethany’s excellent critique of the change. (But no shoutout for LodoWick?!?)

2:41 p.m.: Zac remembers that comments weren’t always bad/from RayRay.

4:20 p.m.: Tim gives props to the DMN (wait, what?) for giving FBvians a new home. (But wait, this is their new home!) Also worth noting on this one: Tim mentions the DMN City Hall blog, but he doesn’t link to it. Sneaky Tim thinks we don’t have Google. But we do!

5:01 p.m.: Some computery guy backtracks and tells us that we’ll see comments again real soon. So don’t go anywhere! Please!

5:06 p.m.: Wick finds some obscure site that agrees with him.

Wednesday, April 22:

8:03 p.m.: Tim finds some obscure site that agrees with him.

I’ll keep this updated as the saga continues.


6 Responses to The FrontBurner comment saga

  1. towski says:

    And hilarity ensued!

  2. Hooray says:

    Now that we have this circle of trust I’d like to note the consistent wishy-washyness of FB. Exhibit A is the comments policy, which will soon be rescinded. Exhibit B is Wick’s unclear position on the Trinity Toll Road even before he recanted some claims last month.

  3. towski says:

    Exhibit C, I’d think, is the continuous hand-wringing about the “nasty tone” of the comments, whilst Tim publishes what was certainly the nastiest post ever just yesterday…

    • rayray21 says:

      Yeah, that’s true. I e-mailed the guy he called out (Matt Moss) and did hear back from him, but he didn’t want to comment. Too bad. Could’ve been juicy.

  4. Daniel says:

    What’s more re: Exhibit C is that even the nastiest FB comments weren’t all that nasty. Hell, Salon is a barroom brawl compared to FB, and even Salon isn’t that brutal by Web standards. These guys need to venture out from the parlors of Highland Park a little more.

    Yes, those boys can dish it out but can’t take it, it’s true. I think Zac Crain can take it. And Eric Celeste doesn’t really dish it out all that much. So really, Tim Nice-Ascot-Today-Sir! Rogers and Wick The-Peasants-Are-Revolting-Aren’t-They Allison can dish it out but can’t take it.

    • towski says:

      Agreed, Daniel. I frequent a political forum, and it is one of the more heavily moderated ones. Comments considered nasty on FB would be considered downright friendly there.

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