The many ways by which Haaretz wastes Talkback commentators' time II - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Bursting Brad
    • 20.03.12 | 23:23 (IST)

    4. Haaretz typically gives low priority to publishing comments on op-ed pieces. While these do NOT carry "number of comments", an innocent reader must assume that these are the articles Haaretz is most interested in comments on, and their time is then wasted.// 5. Haaretz moderators typically have time to deal with only the top 2-4 "top stories". But of course they put "number of comments" on many many more, luring innocent readers to comment and waste their time.// 6. Haaretz hires invalids to do the moderating job, such as "Slowman", who takes about 1 minute on average to go through a single post. Slowman probably gets paid less, and this saves money to Haaretz. But he cannot do THIS job!// 7. Haaretz does not train moderators well. One moderator tends to a SINGLE article every time he shows up. It means that comments on other articles are neglected for a long time./// SUGGESTIONS: 1. Make a survey of the number of comments published versus the number posted. Prepare to be shocked.// 2. Reduce the number of articles bearing "number of comments" invitation.// 3. Establish "forums for discussion" each day, just a few articles that will remain there for the day, even after being updated. Most comments will probably be directed at them and commentators' time will be saved.// 4. When a new article is a mere update of one that was published just a few hours before, transfer the comments on the "old" to the new article.// 5. Internalize the idea that it is IMPERMISSIBLE for you to cause people to waste their time. Be honest, and you will do the right thing.

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