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    • Bursting Brad
    • 20.03.12 | 23:23 (IST)

    Talkback commentators must have noticed that since this new "improved" website came on line, the number of comments actually published has plummeted, to some 30% (by my careful monitoring) of those submitted. This is an OUTLANDISH waste of our time, when responding to Haaretz' request for comments. The way Haaretz solicits comments is by publishing the NUMBER of comments on almost every article. Apparently, Haaretz does not have the manpower to deal with the number of comments submitted, yet they keep pushing for more. How does Haaretz manage the over-solicitation? 1. Sometimes they put the Number of comments where it is not necessary. Example: on the list of "Most Popular" articles. These are the most "read" articles, not "most commented upon". So who cares about the number of comments? Indeed, being most read gives NO priority to a comment on it getting published.// 2. Sometimes there is an outright MISLEADING of the public. Example: Putting the "number of comments" on the "Hot Topics". These are arranged in order of the number of comments posted. However, this has NOTHING to do with the priority Haaretz gives to publishing the comments. You can eliminate this useless "Hot Topics" trap.// 3. Haaretz translates articles frequently, if even as an update of articles published a few hours before. The comments on the "old" article are not moved to the new one. Thus, comments miraculously published may not even have an opportunity to be read. (continued)

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