Comments on: Will Denton lose his bet? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: ihatediamonds http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/comment-page-1/#comment-24368 Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:51:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7262#comment-24368 From recent tweets it seems like Denton has a somewhat apocalyptic view of the future of the internet. He’s betting that one day the internet will be comprised of news sites and social networking sites and never the twain shall meet.
Judging by the dedicated community at crasstalk.com I think that that absolutist idea is false and that Denton is going to lose his bet.

The beauty of the internet is that it opens up the news. Gawker used to be a place where you could go to read news and then have funny and intelligent conversations that deepened your understanding and challenged your assumptions. It used to be a place where smart people could become smarter people.
Now all those smart, funny people are at crasstalk.com. I would say that existence of this thriving community (that just moved to bigger badder servers!) proves that the news site/social networking site binary Denton is dreaming of is by no means a certainty.

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By: princesslala http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/comment-page-1/#comment-24367 Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:22:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7262#comment-24367 The pageview count at Gawker has always seemed disengenuous. I thought that was the early point of commenters- to engage them to perpetually hit ‘refresh’ on the same story to see what all the other smarties had to say.
Well, the smarties are all gone. There is no more refreshing in anticipation- instead the pageviews are assisited by making sure it takes you multiple clicks to get to the one story you may want to read. The forums are dark, barren halls.
I wish I could bunt Brian and Richard up like babies and wheel them over to www.crasstalk.com in a double stroller. C’est la vie.
Denton is welcome to the LOL WUT crowd. His buggy, impossible redesign cured me of my once fierce Gawking habit.

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By: Waspy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/comment-page-1/#comment-24366 Sun, 27 Feb 2011 01:15:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7262#comment-24366 If you really want to go to a quality site with thoughtful humorous posts a la old Gawker then crasstalk.com is the place. Many, many of the former regular commenters on Gawker have gone there and found a most welcoming home. And it turns out that not only were they eloquent commenters, they are wonderful bloggers as well. There are also current events culled from around the internets. It’s really a shame that Nick Denton forced this mass exodus but it works for me!

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By: theorchidthieg http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/comment-page-1/#comment-24365 Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:44:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7262#comment-24365 The “joyfully literate” commenters have all gone to crasstalk.com.

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By: Uncle_Billy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/comment-page-1/#comment-24008 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:06:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7262#comment-24008 Short answer? Doesn’t matter; he’s offensive and now irrelevant. Feel bad for some of the writers over there though.

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By: DrFuManchu http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/02/11/will-denton-lose-his-bet/comment-page-1/#comment-23929 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 04:13:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7262#comment-23929 Yes, it’s easy to click through to a new article, but is it easy to click through to a new article that I actually want to read?

No, it isn’t – the new design seems to hide articles, even from “classic view”. The old design rewarded regular viewers, who could simply scroll down, and open tabs for the articles they wanted to read. This new design seems to be a close equivalent for New Coke: rewarding to people who haven’t seen the site before.

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