What Makes You Block Someone? 

People have varying thresholds of tolerance for putting up with ignorance, dickishness, and other crap online. What does it take for you to head straight for the "Block" button on social media? » 3/27/15 7:00pm Friday 7:00pm

Facebook Now Lets You Put Stickers in Comments Because Words Are Dead

You know Facebook stickers—the brighter, louder cousin of the common emoji that has thus far been relegated to the world of Messenger? All that's about to change. Now, we can finally use Facebook stickers in comments to ambiguously say all the things that we'd rather not. » 10/13/14 2:46pm 10/13/14 2:46pm

Yelp Now Lets You Message Your Grievances Directly to Businesses

In a move that will probably backfire instantly thanks to the always lovely denizens of the internet, Yelp is now allowing you to send messages directly to business owners. All of your questions, comments, and trolls can now directly filter into the inbox of the restaurant or plumber or day care you would like to… » 6/18/14 12:20pm 6/18/14 12:20pm

YouTube Comments Will Soon Be Less Racist, Homophobic, and Confusing

Ever read the comments on a popular YouTube video? There is no faster way to strip yourself of faith in humanity. It's a cesspool. And this is coming from someone who writes for the Gawker network. We know a little something about rowdy comments sections. YouTube's is worse, but it's finally about to smarten up. » 9/24/13 3:01pm 9/24/13 3:01pm

Thank God Famous Art Doesn't Have YouTube Comments

There is some fantastic art on YouTube. There are also some hideous comments on YouTube. Probably more of the latter than the former. But hey, at least there aren't YouTube comments on all art. » 8/29/13 4:40pm 8/29/13 4:40pm

What Was Your First Comment on Gizmodo?

In case you haven't noticed, things look a little different around these parts. Comments, however, remain the same! And as we often do, the staff wandered down that lonely ole road known as nostalgia to find our very first comments. » 8/15/13 2:40pm 8/15/13 2:40pm

You Can Now Put Images in Your Facebook Comments

Facebook has been doing a lot of work on its comment system between threaded replies and emoticon support. Now (finally?) you can throw images in there too. Brace yourself; the image macros are coming. » 6/19/13 2:30pm 6/19/13 2:30pm

Facebook Is Rolling Out Threaded Comments to Pages and Hyper-Popular…

What was once just an infinitely looping twinkle in a Facebook developer's eye has officially become a reality: comments in reply to comments in reply to posts. » 3/25/13 3:40pm 3/25/13 3:40pm

Force a Little Christmas Cheer on YouTube Trolls with This Festive…

YouTube comments can be an unmoderated wilderness full of ill-will and lame obscenities the likes of which, well, the likes of which you've seen in YouTube comments. Maybe you're used to it, maybe you don't dare drift that far down the page for fear of losing yourself in the inanity. YuleTube can help change that by » 12/22/12 5:00pm 12/22/12 5:00pm

You Can Use Emoticons In Facebook Comments Now T_T

Oh noes. Facebook has activated emoticons in the comments. That means that now your Facebook page will get full of all kinds of smileys. And, for some reason, sharks. » 10/15/12 12:02pm 10/15/12 12:02pm

Let's See How Well YouTube's Real-Name Comment Policy Is Working

YouTube is notorious for its godawful, subhuman commenters. Google's solution? Implementing a new regime in which people are prompted to switch their accounts to their real name. Fortunately, the majority comments continue to be just as horrendous and offensive as ever. Business as usual! » 7/24/12 11:20am 7/24/12 11:20am

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Rotten Tomatoes Had to Protect Dark Knight Rises Critics from…

People really like Christopher Nolan movies. They like them so much that everyone knows they like them before they even see the movies. So much, in fact, that they'll cuss out and threaten any critics who disagree so badly that Rotten Tomatoes has to disable commenting for the movie—a first for the site. » 7/18/12 11:40am 7/18/12 11:40am

The Hugest, Most Verbose, and Least Grammatical Cache of Spam Comments,…

Cory Doctorow, co-editor of BoingBoing, hit the motherload of all spam motherloads this morning, when he woke up to find some nitwit had visited his personal WordPress site and dumped a giant, rambling post of every SEO spam comments in their database. Oops! » 7/14/12 1:30am 7/14/12 1:30am

Facebook Now Shows Everyone Every Stupid Comment You Edited

Facebook comments are a fireworks show of impulsiveness, like much else with Facebook. Mercifully, FB just gave us the ability to edit things we wish we might have said differently. But now, our screwup is open for everyone to see. » 7/13/12 3:11pm 7/13/12 3:11pm

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Facebook Is About to Start Letting You Edit Your Boneheaded Comments

Attention hasty commenters and people who are friends with them: the benevolent decision-makers at Facebook are doing you a solid; over the next few days, Facebook will be rolling out the ability for users to edit their own comments. » 6/21/12 9:40pm 6/21/12 9:40pm

Trolls and Haters and Baiters, Oh My! The Annals of the Internet

Racist jabs. Misogynistic and sexist bragging. Bullyish "kill ya' self" comments. Political preachers. These all, according to Zoe Williams at the Guardian UK, qualify as legitimate forms of internet trolling. » 6/13/12 1:20am 6/13/12 1:20am

Here's Who Leaves the Worst YouTube Comments of All

YouTube has long been established as the home of the absolute worst commentariat on the internet today; a vile, racist, hatful spigot of bad spelling and small minds. But maybe that one downvote on that magical tale of human triumph has a simple explanation: literally everyone's on YouTube. Even misogynists, idiots,… » 5/18/12 8:35am 5/18/12 8:35am

Who Is the WORST Commenter?

Commenters! A lot of you are great. Some of you are terrible. It's hard for us to read every single comment on the site. So we'd like your help. Please tell us about the worst commenter you know, and please explain why you're nominating them for summary execution. » 2/10/12 3:13pm 2/10/12 3:13pm

Why We Troll

At the end of this post there is a comment form, where you can weigh in and tell me I am wrong. If you do that, however—even if you have a great point—you're probably a troll. » 1/06/12 11:45am 1/06/12 11:45am

The Commenters You Meet in Yearly Roundup Hell

Ah, the end of the year. The perfect time for publications of every stripe to dust off old content, repurpose popular packages, and name their best/favorite/top everythings of the last twelve months. And, as NPR highlights with delicious accuracy, the commenters that come with those lists. » 12/30/11 7:30pm 12/30/11 7:30pm