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Online readers share their opinions — a lot
March 2, 2012 - Art Smith
Some people love them; some people hate them; some people love to hate them.
For the last several years readers have been able to comment on stories, polls and blogs on mariettatimes.com, and they have done so at an incredible pace.
To leave comments you have to be a registered user on the site. When viewed as a whole the list of registered users provides a fascinating insight into the shear volume of commenting taking place on the site.
Since 2008 readers have left more than 150,881 comments and they have liked or disliked more than 263,000 comments left by others. The like/dislike feature was added about a year ago. People actually use the feature about three times more often than they leave their own comment.
Comments are left by the 14,032 people who have registered to use the site. Besides being able to leave comments they also can upload photos to CU, get email alerts, save content to be read later and sign up for a subscription to the newspaper.
The person who has left the most comments, a man from Marietta, has left more than 7,200 comments on the site. He is among the 24 people who have commented 1,000 times or more.
There have been 236 people who have commented more than 100 times, and a whopping 1,157 who have commented more than 10 times.
All told, 4,803 people have left at least one comment on the site. That’s a lot of opinions from a lot of people. It’s human nature to have an opinion on what is going on in the world. The comment feature on the website and the reader forums give readers a great place to voice their views of the news.
The comment section is intended to be a place where topics can be discussed in a civil manner. There is no need to attack others. The feature has a handy “report abuse” feature that allows readers to flag things that may be offensive. A very small percentage of comments are removed.
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