On a current thread about Russian Neo-Nazis, there was the usual content-to-noise ratio problems. I found myself commenting on page 13 setting up a strawman argument with some usual suspect on these forums – the “you all suck cause you all idiots” type of commenter… but he did have one thing right – who gives a rats ass about most of the comments.
Given the last comment I made about people interested in conclusions, this gave me an idea: I am interested in commentary below stories, but I hate all the noise. Perhaps this is an opportunity for a startup to do comment aggregation? This could create a whole new dynamic for discussions and how to monitor them.
The idea has two product offerings:
Human-driven evaluation of comments and generation of synopses with conclusion parading at the top. This way, whenever someone looks at a comment, they get to see what valuable content there may be underneath.
A commenting engine with a rating system that would drive structure. I have to think about this a little, but this could run on top of existing comment threads providing a value-add to forums helping deal with the problem of temporal dependence.
So, in case this idea flies, I just took www.commentdigest.com. Might be a good one to sick the prototyping system on.
Also, speaking of comments, this could also be especially interesting as applied to online discussions. Perhaps something I could use at JoVE.