Columbus Dispatch, ditches Topix? How do you feel?

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“American gvt is in the bag”

Since: Sep 10

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#1 Aug 1, 2011
Looks like the Dispatch articles no longer link to Topix. Is that what other people are seeing?

I must say I have mixed feelings on the situation. Topix was a lot of fun and the fact that you didn't have to register encouraged spontaneous comments. Topix also had a great system of icons to mark posts, so you could give people feedback and you could kind of see how different posts were accepted. The Groucho Marx face was the most fun for funny posts.

OTOH, the system did encourage people to spam the discussion with a lot of nasty comments and post under multiple names. I don't think I'll miss that feature. Also, there's no option at the Dispatch to start your own thread, like this.

What do other folks think?
iEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#2 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
Looks like the Dispatch articles no longer link to Topix. Is that what other people are seeing?
I must say I have mixed feelings on the situation. Topix was a lot of fun and the fact that you didn't have to register encouraged spontaneous comments. Topix also had a great system of icons to mark posts, so you could give people feedback and you could kind of see how different posts were accepted. The Groucho Marx face was the most fun for funny posts.
OTOH, the system did encourage people to spam the discussion with a lot of nasty comments and post under multiple names. I don't think I'll miss that feature. Also, there's no option at the Dispatch to start your own thread, like this.
What do other folks think?
From what I've seen, there are still more comments here than there are on Dispatch's in-house stories. Also, I very rarely use different names. Enzyte Bob is like a brand name - you know what to expect from me.

As I've said in other threads, if the Dispatch was smart they would continue to feed articles here as a parallel way to feed traffic. I tended to come here first and would go to a story if it interested me. I very rarely go to their site (even before Topix) because the way it is laid out makes it hard to find anything worth reading. Neither the old site nor the new site is very orderly.

The Wall Street Journal has a much better way of doing things. There is a link to click on that says "Today's Paper" and the articles are listed in order by section and by page.

http://online.wsj.com/itp...

Topix helped organize their stories better and it helped cut through all the crap.
iEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#3 Aug 1, 2011
"As I've said in other threads, if the Dispatch was smart they would continue to feed articles here as a parallel way to feed traffic."

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But as we've seen from the Ted Williams fiasco, they aren't very smart.
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#4 Aug 1, 2011
From what I've seen, there are still more comments here than there are on Dispatch's in-house stories. Also, I very rarely use different names. Enzyte Bob is like a brand name - you know what to expect from me.

As I've said in other threads, if the Dispatch was smart they would continue to feed articles here as a parallel way to feed traffic. I tended to come here first and would go to a story if it interested me. I very rarely go to their site (even before Topix) because the way it is laid out makes it hard to find anything worth reading. Neither the old site nor the new site is very orderly. But as we've seen from the Ted Williams fiasco, they aren't very smart.

The Wall Street Journal has a much better way of doing things. There is a link to click on that says "Today's Paper" and the articles are listed in order by section and by page.

http://online.wsj.com/itp/20110801/us/opinion

Topix helped organize their stories better and it helped cut through all the crap.
CatInTheHat

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Aug 1, 2011
If the Columbus Dispatch Topix page isn't removed altogether I see it falling out of use quickly without a daily infusion of topics. I doubt any but the most zealous will bother to copy and paste links to Dispatch articles for comment here and few will be around to respond.

As for the new Columbus Dispatch dot com I feel like I am looking at a fancier version of Channel 4's site. Lots of articles but few comments. That is WHEN I can get to it. As often as not I get a blank page.
CatInTheHat

Reynoldsburg, OH

#6 Aug 1, 2011
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust wrote:
"... The Wall Street Journal has a much better way of doing things. There is a link to click on that says "Today's Paper" and the articles are listed in order by section and by page.
http://online.wsj.com/itp/20110801/us/opinion
.
You mean like this?

http://www.dispatch.com/content/pages/todays-...

:)

Since: May 11

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 1, 2011
I hope they go back to Topix. Their in house forum is new and frightening to me.
aEnzyte Bob Pd Cust

Westerville, OH

#8 Aug 1, 2011
CatInTheHat wrote:
<quoted text>
You mean like this?
http://www.dispatch.com/content/pages/todays-...
:)
Thanks!

Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#9 Aug 1, 2011
Whatever you do don't sign up for the new Dispatch site yet!

Something is terribly wrong with the login security. I tried to login in twice with my own account only to end up logged in as different people, who's account information I could see! I could even have posted as them.

The ironic thing is both were influential enough that their names are recognizable names in the Columbus business community.

This after I logged in using my old Dispatch account, which linked to my new one. Then when I came back I could see the other login names filled in. I erased them and replaced them with my own, but it logged in as them anyway.
common SENSE

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 1, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
Looks like the Dispatch articles no longer link to Topix. Is that what other people are seeing?
I must say I have mixed feelings on the situation. Topix was a lot of fun and the fact that you didn't have to register encouraged spontaneous comments. Topix also had a great system of icons to mark posts, so you could give people feedback and you could kind of see how different posts were accepted. The Groucho Marx face was the most fun for funny posts.
OTOH, the system did encourage people to spam the discussion with a lot of nasty comments and post under multiple names. I don't think I'll miss that feature. Also, there's no option at the Dispatch to start your own thread, like this.
What do other folks think?
Too many adult babies who could not handle free speech demanded the Dispatch make people use their names....I thought this might happen...It is always complainers that control everything, They will probably be sorry..
common SENSE

Columbus, OH

#11 Aug 1, 2011
Eugene_C wrote:
Whatever you do don't sign up for the new Dispatch site yet!
Something is terribly wrong with the login security. I tried to login in twice with my own account only to end up logged in as different people, who's account information I could see! I could even have posted as them.
The ironic thing is both were influential enough that their names are recognizable names in the Columbus business community.
This after I logged in using my old Dispatch account, which linked to my new one. Then when I came back I could see the other login names filled in. I erased them and replaced them with my own, but it logged in as them anyway.
wow, thanks for the warning sounds goofy..
an anonymous poster

Reynoldsburg, OH

#12 Aug 1, 2011
"Our mantra has been to break it online and explain it in print." - Ben Marrison

Well, Ben, online's broke pretty bad and the explanation is "We currently are having a problem with our Electronic Edition and iPad version. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Bet you thought things were going to be better once you were away from Topix. As someone else has already said "DISPATCH FAIL!".
I Have An Opinion

Westerville, OH

#13 Aug 1, 2011
From the looks of it, the handbag has arrived in hell. Let's call this "Marrison's Mess" or "Ben's Feeble Attempt To Clean Up Free Speech" or "On Top of Old Baldy: What was This Guy Thinnking?" Call it whatever you want -- this whole thing is a disaster. Pretty much like the whole newspaper with assorted counter culture freaks, weirdos and perverts banging their drums in an offbeat cacophony of noise. It's ugly because it's the sewer. Thanks Marrison for steering this once-proud newspaper right down the crapper.

Since: Apr 10

Westerville, OH

#14 Aug 1, 2011
And just like the Dispatch pages, we now have multiple boards for the same subject. ;)

at least there is still 10tv/ONN for now...

Since: Apr 10

Westerville, OH

#15 Aug 1, 2011
And, i just noticed, looking at a board for a "Appearing on Columbus Dispatch Forum" page, the header at the top is 10tv's

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/columbus-di...
aEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust

Denver, CO

#16 Aug 1, 2011
CatInTheHat wrote:
<quoted text>
You mean like this?
http://www.dispatch.com/content/pages/todays-...
:)
Actually, now that I've thought about it, NO, not like this! The Wall Street Journal, gives you the first sentence or two and the page number on which the article appears, in order by page!

So similar but different! WSJ better executed!
Ghost Hunter

Suwanee, GA

#17 Aug 1, 2011
iEnzyte Bob Pd Cust wrote:
<quoted text>
From what I've seen, there are still more comments here than there are on Dispatch's in-house stories. Also, I very rarely use different names. Enzyte Bob is like a brand name - you know what to expect from me.
As I've said in other threads, if the Dispatch was smart they would continue to feed articles here as a parallel way to feed traffic. I tended to come here first and would go to a story if it interested me. I very rarely go to their site (even before Topix) because the way it is laid out makes it hard to find anything worth reading. Neither the old site nor the new site is very orderly.
The Wall Street Journal has a much better way of doing things. There is a link to click on that says "Today's Paper" and the articles are listed in order by section and by page.
http://online.wsj.com/itp...
Topix helped organize their stories better and it helped cut through all the crap.
No, I'm sure you used "It's not hard" at least a couple of times, until you decided on Enzyte Bob..
Burgermeister

United States

#18 Aug 1, 2011
As a Web site the new site is much better. As a discussion area, it's terrible and very boring. There's no way to have discussions with other readers or quote replies.

It's like NPR, now.
aEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust

Denver, CO

#19 Aug 1, 2011
Burgermeister wrote:
As a Web site the new site is much better. As a discussion area, it's terrible and very boring. There's no way to have discussions with other readers or quote replies.
It's like NPR, now.
Half the people say the cloak of anonymity lets people say things they wouldn't normally say in public. The other half says anonymity gives people freedom to express what they really think. I obviously agree with the second half of that statement but would also add that some of us WOULD say the things we type here to our family and close friends. There is very little I type here that someone in my family hasn't heard me rant about in private. Sometimes serious, sometimes in jest.
Guess your speed

Belle Vernon, PA

#20 Aug 2, 2011
Tea Farty wrote:
Looks like the Dispatch articles no longer link to Topix. Is that what other people are seeing?
I must say I have mixed feelings on the situation. Topix was a lot of fun and the fact that you didn't have to register encouraged spontaneous comments. Topix also had a great system of icons to mark posts, so you could give people feedback and you could kind of see how different posts were accepted. The Groucho Marx face was the most fun for funny posts.
OTOH, the system did encourage people to spam the discussion with a lot of nasty comments and post under multiple names. I don't think I'll miss that feature. Also, there's no option at the Dispatch to start your own thread, like this.
What do other folks think?
I don't have the remark icons with the mobil device I use to read and post to topix.

The Dispatch is foolish to drop the feed. But then again they did invest in an arena and a hockey team in columbus.

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