openmoko articles

michael at michael at
Sat Feb 17 10:03:18 CET 2007

On Fri, 16 Feb 2007, Mike Hodson wrote:

> Bloody gmail and their lack of 'reply to bloody list'
> Apoligies Michael, on the personal reply and now this repeat.
> On 2/16/07, michael at <michael at> wrote:
>> >  Look for it on Digg - I think digg points to the gizmodo article,
> and anyone
>> >  can join digg and post comments.
> That I shall!
> Thanks for the heads up.
>>  Forgive my error. I think the troubling post was on engadget. At any rate,
>>  I
>>  think my comments are still valid in general, and we may see more posts
>>  like
>>  this that would be good to respond to.
> Perhaps the original Engadget report was a bit negative, however, the
> judging by the attitudes of gizmodo 'invited commenters' they seem to
> have their heads turned around in a painful position, one which I will
> leave you to guess. The actual gizmodo article was good.

Interesting observation I've made of a great many sites that allow comments
(not just technical sites - this includes amazon book reviews, tools, etc.) is
that the comments often comment on the preceding comment, and not on the main
subject, so that if a comment takes an off-topic path, and if that comment
generates a large number of follow up comments, a reader might get the
impression that this off-topic path is somehow central to the main subject,
whereas in fact it isn't.

It bothers me but I don't think there is anything that can be done. Some
threads end sooner if we don't respond.


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