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What's a troll to do now? Yahoo! News Message Boards taken offline (Download Squad)

Jan 7th 2007 5:44PM "hope Neil didn't have an expectation of privacy and this is all in context because it really displays a sensible approach by Neil and Y! News. Thanks for posting."

Happy to be here, and thank you for your kind words.

You think Neil's opinion is "sensible?"

What would have been "sensible" business practice is to have made made adjustments to the new message board BEFORE suspending them.

Is it not wise to have a better job waiting in the wings BEFORE you "suspend" your current job?

This "privacy" issue/concern you bring up is a hoot. We are talking about a national message board, not National Security.

You know how badly the press screws up reporting the news. There isn't an article that goes by without these idiots with pens screwing up something.

The message boards provided a great service to the public. Many times message boards have exposed screwups, lies, crimes and fraud. Dan Rather is just one of many examples of how the Internet and news boards can check the propaganda lies being passed out as truth.

You are aware the Bush administration has funneled over a billion dollars in buying shills to report favorable news?

So what was the real reason for the message boards being suspended?

It wasn't the "few vocal users" because if a poster is a horrible "vocal user" we had the luxury of the "ignore" option. Believe me, there were not just a few vocal "flammers." One problem I had was my "ignore list" was quickly filled, and I was unable to add to the list. It proved to be a minor inconvenience in the long run though.

This thing Neil talks about turning into a "situation of knives" was kind of silly except for the fact the pen is mightier than the sword

The message board suspension is a very scary development. This is an issue of a "few vocal users" in the minority forcing a suspension. The overwhelming majority of sentiment on the boards prior to suspension was running heavily against the war, Bush, Zionism, the press, and Israel. This was normal, and just a reflection of national scientific polls.

What was not normal was the "vocal" users in the minority, unable to compete or debate effectively, were able to mimic the mob that burned down the library at Alexandia and suspend the polls.

Only a minority, fascists, or an enemy of the Constitution would "suspend" free speech because of "a few vocal users."

Suspending the message boards was a horrible business decision on face and nefarious in its implications to every American that cares about Free Speech and the Constitution in general.

What's a troll to do now? Yahoo! News Message Boards taken offline (Download Squad)

Jan 7th 2007 12:30AM
Dear Neil,

The suspension of the news message boards at Yahoo is a good way to alienate the Yahoo users. The experience of making the readers angry from the newspaper industry is showing.

Watch as Yahoo loses viewers, users, and thanks to you, makes the "un-cool" status.

The message boards were a source of living history. You just threw the baby out the window with the dirty bath water.

Some threads contain hundreds of thousands of responses.

Man, when you go out of your way to make people angry you don't fool around. May I suggest you look into India. Plenty of people to piss off there.

Sincerely,
Mike


Neil Budde wrote:

Yes, we know that suspending the message boards will alienate the 1% of our users who used them. But we also know that improved message boards could attract wider participation.

Neil

From: Michael
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 9:22 AM
To: Neil Budde
Subject: RE: Message Boards

Dear Neil,

I might not agree with what you have to say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

You remind me of the guy that brings a football to play tag football and when a call goes against him, or gets hurt, or is losing the game badly, terminates the game by taking the ball and goes home.

Pray tell how are you going to increase participation by suspending the message boards?

Please don't piss on my leg and tell me it is raining. "A few vocal users?" Christ, some threads have close to a million posts.

You are living proof newspapers and newpaper people are the biggest threat to the First Amendment.

Have a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Mike


I’d liken it more to a guy who brings a football to play tag football and then one or two guys pull out knives and otherwise turn the place into an uncivil mess that chases all the people who want to play tag football off.

Our goal is to replace the message boards with a system that allows the people who want to play tag football to keep playing tag football even if a few hooligans try to break it up.

Neil





What's a troll to do now? Yahoo! News Message Boards taken offline (Download Squad)

Jan 7th 2007 12:15AM
Dear Neil,

The suspension of the news message boards at Yahoo is a good way to alienate the Yahoo users. The experience of making the readers angry from the newspaper industry is showing.

Watch as Yahoo loses viewers, users, and thanks to you, makes the "un-cool" status.

The message boards were a source of living history. You just threw the baby out the window with the dirty bath water.

Some threads contain hundreds of thousands of responses.

Man, when you go out of your way to make people angry you don't fool around. May I suggest you look into India. Plenty of people to piss off there.

Sincerely,
Mike


Neil Budde wrote:

Yes, we know that suspending the message boards will alienate the 1% of our users who used them. But we also know that improved message boards could attract wider participation.

Neil

From: Michael
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 9:22 AM
To: Neil Budde
Subject: RE: Message Boards

Dear Neil,

I might not agree with what you have to say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

You remind me of the guy that brings a football to play tag football and when a call goes against him, or gets hurt, or is losing the game badly, terminates the game by taking the ball and goes home.

Pray tell how are you going to increase participation by suspending the message boards?

Please don't piss on my leg and tell me it is raining. "A few vocal users?" Christ, some threads have close to a million posts.

You are living proof newspapers and newpaper people are the biggest threat to the First Amendment.

Have a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Mike


I’d liken it more to a guy who brings a football to play tag football and then one or two guys pull out knives and otherwise turn the place into an uncivil mess that chases all the people who want to play tag football off.

Our goal is to replace the message boards with a system that allows the people who want to play tag football to keep playing tag football even if a few hooligans try to break it up.

Neil