When it comes to the Internet there is something we’ve all done that’s bad for us. You know you’ve done it. You’ve probably done it when people weren’t watching, when you were all alone. You know what I’m talking about: reading comments on websites.
You find yourself involved in an article that you may or may not agree with, but you find quite interesting. Something the author spent some time on, weighed different wording, and tried to create a coherent statement. They might even have provided helpful links and footnotes to let you learn more, or to back up their thoughts. You are so enthralled that you keep reading at that level of interest as the article comes to an end. You want more, so you keep reading.
Wait, what was that, when did the article reference nazis? What’s this? Conspiracy of big pharma? but I thought this article was about nice places to go picnicing? The author is a free mason? When the hell did Apple’s new product become relevant to this article? Oh … no … I’m lost in a see of comments written by crazy people. Help me I’m getting dumber by the minute!
Well, there is a solution. There is this very nice addon for Firefox called CommentBlocker. Install it and now the internet immediately becomes a better place. Average IQ of your reading experience goes up by at least 20 points, and your overall satisfaction interacting with the web goes way up. As a bonus your faith in humanity goes up a couple of points as the loud and angry trolls, ones that aren’t willing to put their name on their statements, no longer get to dominate the conversation. If there is a site where the comments are of high value, or you just need a little crazy in the afternoon to keep you awake, in one click it will return the comments, but for that site only.
Take back the web, don’t feed the trolls, use CommentBlocker.