Dispatch Cuts Off Topix

“American gvt is in the bag”

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#44 Aug 1, 2011
George Jefferson wrote:
<quoted text>Yesterday, they were showing the posters real name next to hi/her screen name. I learned who two prolific Topix posters really are. That's just unacceptable, and I hope somehow the Dispatch gets burned for it.
I saw that, so when I registered I simply listed my first name as "Tea" and my last name as "Farty". So my posts now appear as coming from: "Tea Farty (Tea_Farty)"
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#45 Aug 1, 2011
Eugene_C wrote:
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Stories were fed to Topix when people clicked to comment on them. You can search Topix for stories and then use the search results to add threads, but that's not going to be anywhere near as prolific as the old method.
I assume most people ended up at Topix via the Dispatch site, they'd read an article then check the comments.
That's true. They only got fed here when a comment was posted.

They are quickly going to find that they won't be getting a lot of comments, both because they force people to use real names AND because it is a closed system. Being on the web is about casting the widest net possible but they still didn't learn anything from the Ted Williams fiasco.

If they were smart, they would still continue to feed both the comments from their readers and the stories here without the comments from Topix appearing on their site. They could still disassociate from Topix and allow people to express their real opinions without big brother monitoring them. That would keep everybody happy.
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#46 Aug 1, 2011
George Jefferson wrote:
<quoted text>Yesterday, they were showing the posters real name next to hi/her screen name. I learned who two prolific Topix posters really are. That's just unacceptable, and I hope somehow the Dispatch gets burned for it.
Me too! I found out the name of my faaaaaaavorite liberal! Given how easy it is to find someone on the Auditor's website, I would be very skeptical about giving them my real name.

“American gvt is in the bag”

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#47 Aug 1, 2011
Eugene_C wrote:
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..You can search Topix for stories and then use the search results to add threads,...
That used to be the case before Topix switched to blekko search, now blekko is about useless and retuns mostly ads and fake news feeds designed to deliver more ads.

Not surprised that the Dispatch dumped Topix, they were probably making more ad revenue from the readers than the paper was. Topix was getting all the page views.
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#48 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
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I saw that, so when I registered I simply listed my first name as "Tea" and my last name as "Farty". So my posts now appear as coming from: "Tea Farty (Tea_Farty)"
LOL - Wait until I register as Enzyte Bob and light up the boards. Again.

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#49 Aug 1, 2011
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust wrote:
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That's true. They only got fed here when a comment was posted.
They are quickly going to find that they won't be getting a lot of comments, both because they force people to use real names AND because it is a closed system. Being on the web is about casting the widest net possible ...
I don't think the paper really want a lot of comments. They want to be able to say what they want with as few challenges as possible.

What they really want are page views. They don't want to send the page views to Topix, a third party vendor.
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#50 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
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I don't think the paper really want a lot of comments. They want to be able to say what they want with as few challenges as possible.
What they really want are page views. They don't want to send the page views to Topix, a third party vendor.
That's my point and I would tend to agree. The way I would do it is if there is a comment made on the Dispatch website, they would appear at the end of the article AND they would be fed to Topix or to a Topix-like unmoderated board. They could start " Columbus-Talks.com "

Then people who come to Topix would get a sense of what's going on and could comment. At the same time those comments would be invisible to their readers. I think that would be a smart way to hit all audiences: The whiners and the convetional crowd; and the ranters, hooligans and the talk radio crowd could have their own forums.
frip

Pataskala, OH

#51 Aug 1, 2011
Closing this board won't be a bad thing. Too many right wing extremists on it.

So I close with this editorial excerpt on the new deal:

"The rest of it is a nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists. It will hurt programs for the middle class and poor, and hinder an economic recovery."

Only good news is that the GOP is going down fast along with the Tea Party.
George Jefferson

Marengo, OH

#52 Aug 1, 2011
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust wrote:
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Me too! I found out the name of my faaaaaaavorite liberal! Given how easy it is to find someone on the Auditor's website, I would be very skeptical about giving them my real name.
LOL! I think we saw the same person!

“American gvt is in the bag”

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#53 Aug 1, 2011
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust wrote:
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Me too! I found out the name of my faaaaaaavorite liberal!
I'm going to take a wild guess and say that it was either "Reader" or "DrC".

They're two of my favorite liberals, but for different reasons than yours, most likely.:)
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#54 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
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That used to be the case before Topix switched to blekko search, now blekko is about useless and retuns mostly ads and fake news feeds designed to deliver more ads.
The Topix search still works, but it is case sensitive, which is rare for the web. "Somalis" will get you different results than "somalis".
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#55 Aug 1, 2011
frip wrote:
Closing this board won't be a bad thing. Too many right wing extremists on it.
So I close with this editorial excerpt on the new deal:
"The rest of it is a nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists. It will hurt programs for the middle class and poor, and hinder an economic recovery."
Only good news is that the GOP is going down fast along with the Tea Party.
LMAO!

The Tea Party will prevail because people are LIVID that what's being presented as "cuts" is actually an 7.8% increase in spending.
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#56 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
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I'm going to take a wild guess and say that it was either "Reader" or "DrC".
They're two of my favorite liberals, but for different reasons than yours, most likely.:)
Reader and a potential match for Karon.

“American gvt is in the bag”

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#57 Aug 1, 2011
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust wrote:
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Reader and a potential match for Karon.
I like Karon. He/she is consistent and single-minded in his/her view despite the constant barrage of criticism.
George Jefferson

Marengo, OH

#58 Aug 1, 2011
frip wrote:
Closing this board won't be a bad thing. Too many right wing extremists on it.
So I close with this editorial excerpt on the new deal:
"The rest of it is a nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists. It will hurt programs for the middle class and poor, and hinder an economic recovery."
Only good news is that the GOP is going down fast along with the Tea Party.
"Free speech for me but not for thee," is that it, leftist?
Obama looked like a chump last night. The Tea Party will outlast him.
George Jefferson

Marengo, OH

#59 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
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I like Karon. He/she is consistent and single-minded in his/her view despite the constant barrage of criticism.
That's the definition of an idiot savant.

Since: Apr 10

Westerville, OH

#60 Aug 1, 2011
Well, we should have a little while longer until they convert the 10tv / ONN webpages over to the "new and improved" version.

I can't help but wonder how much of the "problems with our online edition and ipad version" are directly related to the comment component...
I Have An Opinion

Westerville, OH

#61 Aug 1, 2011
Eugene_C wrote:
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Stories were fed to Topix when people clicked to comment on them. You can search Topix for stories and then use the search results to add threads, but that's not going to be anywhere near as prolific as the old method.
I assume most people ended up at Topix via the Dispatch site, they'd read an article then check the comments.
For me (anyway) you pretty much have it backward. Instead of wading through a bunch of garbage stories on the CD website I cruised the Dispatch feed to Topix *first* to see the provocative responses. It saved me some time and the reader rants were entertaining because of their diversity. So now all the good orderly children are sitting in assigned seats and Mister l'm In Control can run his classroom as he sees fit. ZzzzzzZzzzzZ.

“American gvt is in the bag”

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#62 Aug 1, 2011
I Have An Opinion wrote:
<quoted text> For me (anyway) you pretty much have it backward. Instead of wading through a bunch of garbage stories on the CD website I cruised the Dispatch feed to Topix *first* to see the provocative responses. It saved me some time and the reader rants were entertaining because of their diversity. So now all the good orderly children are sitting in assigned seats and Mister l'm In Control can run his classroom as he sees fit. ZzzzzzZzzzzZ.
You're in the minority, I bet. I bet that 95% of Dispatch readers do not even know that there was a separate entity called "Topix" where the discussion took place. Most people read the stories and look at the comments attached to them.
aEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust

Denver, CO

#63 Aug 1, 2011
I Have An Opinion wrote:
<quoted text> For me (anyway) you pretty much have it backward. Instead of wading through a bunch of garbage stories on the CD website I cruised the Dispatch feed to Topix *first* to see the provocative responses. It saved me some time and the reader rants were entertaining because of their diversity. So now all the good orderly children are sitting in assigned seats and Mister l'm In Control can run his classroom as he sees fit. ZzzzzzZzzzzZ.
Very well said.

Like I always say, it's all about entertainment value. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh get that; MSNBC tries but can't master the art. Even NPR gets it to some degree. The Wolfes, NBC4, WBNS, Ben Marrison, CNN and most of the rest of the media don't get this at all.

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