Constructive Blog Comments

Automated constructive blog comments cartoon fro xkcd.

xkcd has an interesting take:

UPDATE: A reader points out that the mouseover text at the original provided some subtle additional commentary: “And what about all the people who won’t be able to join the community because they’re terrible at making helpful and constructive co– … oh.”

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  1. Ben says:

    The mouse-over text is even better. 🙂

  2. Brett says:

    I suppose the next thing would be required registration accounts*, complete with an oddly phrased mathematical word problem (like one of those “If Billybob goes 250 miles at 60 miles per hour, how many minutes did he take to travel the whole distance?” questions).

    I thought the problem with the CAPTCHAs was not that there were programs to break them, but that the spammers were actually paying people to break them en masse.

    * The extreme is a forum I visit, which has a policy requiring that anyone registering with a disposable account (like a hotmail, yahoo, google) has to use PayPal to pay some small sum of money before the account registration is approved.