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A little comment reform

In an effort to control the vitriol in the comments section, we’re adding another mechanism to keep an eye on anonymous commenters. From now on, if a comment was posted from a campus computer, you’ll see the
(from campus) icon. We’re hoping this will help cut down on abuse without unnecessarily impinging anyone’s privacy.

Naturally, we’re still looking for feedback on the comment system, in the threads or by emailing bwog@columbia.edu — and as always, you can find our full comment policy here.

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52 Comments

  • is that says:

    @is that the christian version of the crown or the secular version?

    1. ZvS says:

      @ZvS Christian, as on the front of the University homepage. Although when the cross is 2 pixels tall, it can be tough to tell.

      1. damn says:

        @damn you zvs. i was going to make a long and vitriolic post about how you are taking the christ out of columbia, and then you go to tell me that the crown is not capped with spades but instead with three crosses (in reference to the two thieves who were crucified along with the Lord on golgatha.)

        blast you zvs. what now will i bitch about?

  • hmm says:

    @hmm i bet this doesn’t work.

    1. ahh says:

      @ahh GOOD JOB

  • skeptical says:

    @skeptical How is this supposed to cut down on the vitriol? Now, some people (like myself) will simply be accused of lacking a Columbia affiliation, just because we don’t live on campus.

    1. more importantly says:

      @more importantly it will underscore that the worst of the vitriol comes from with the institution.

      1. whatever says:

        @whatever fuckface!

  • hmm says:

    @hmm just testing..

  • testing says:

    @testing curious

  • also skeptical says:

    @also skeptical Love you, Bwog, really I do, but I don’t understand what this is supposed to do. There are some Columbia students who live-off campus, who visit their parents on the weekend, who went home for vacation and drag their heels coming back for the start of classes (like me), who are abroad for the semester, or who travel to some of the coffeeshops near campus that have free WiFi. And don’t forget the tons of alums, both recent and less so. If anyone in one of these categories makes an unpopular but well-reasoned post about the controversial topic du jour (such as whatever the spring version of the hunger strike will be), it will be dismissed as not coming from a true Columbian. And don’t forget there are still a few computers around that can be accessed without needing a CU ID (Lewisohn, Mudd, Schermerhorn), so any old bozo off the street can post here and get the little crown logo whether they’re a CU affiliate or not.
    Do you really think the most vitriolic comments are coming from non-affiliates? I don’t need a little crown icon to tell me that the douchiest comments come from my fellow students.

  • spelt out for you says:

    @spelt out for you since the minutemen protests, there have been right wing trollers on this blog making some pretty irresponsible comments. that is what this is for.

    1. That makes no sense says:

      @That makes no sense How exactly can you tell just by this system if I am a right wing troller, or a columbia affiliate off campus, or both

  • crown says:

    @crown testing

  • #10 is right says:

    @#10 is right I agree with #10 completely, but I have to say, I kind of like the way the little crowns look. Can we just have them next to all comments, please?

  • proof says:

    @proof I’m on campus right now and thanks to the magic of proxies I don’t have a crown next to my name. Suck it, bwog.

    1. Actually says:

      @Actually I lied. I’m not on campus at all, but this time I should have a crown. If it works, bwog may suck it again.

      1. ZvS says:

        @ZvS Yeah, but if you can log into the Columbia VPN, we’re pretty safe in assuming that you’re an affiliate.

        1. aaaactually says:

          @aaaactually I lied the second time. The point is, bwog can’t tell the difference, and is this urged to suck it — for a third consecutive time.

  • testing says:

    @testing this is kinda ridic

  • Derps says:

    @Derps I wanna see.

  • testing says:

    @testing to see if Barnard counts.

    1. nope says:

      @nope barnard never counts

      hahaha

      the crown would look prettier next to “reply track”

  • crown party says:

    @crown party testing… as if it wasn’t established by commenters 2, 3, 8, 9, 12, 17, 19, and 20.

    lets all post test comments because crowns are cool. (does this count as school spirit?)

    1. random says:

      @random it might as well count as school spirit because Columbia sure lacks it.

  • dumb says:

    @dumb this is dumb. i am filled to the brim with vitriol for bwog’s inefficient vitriol-blocking mechanisms. dumb dumb dumb, grrrrr.

    ps. testing

  • anonymous says:

    @anonymous To hell with the naysayers – thank you Bwog!

    Now the crown will tell me which dipshits on here can’t afford to move out of the dorms.

  • John Jay says:

    @John Jay Does dorm ethernet count?

  • Clearly says:

    @Clearly it does.

  • ahem says:

    @ahem sexsexsexsexsexsex

  • ... says:

    @... …test.

  • if... says:

    @if... if a post comes from Barnard, can the symbol be the Barnard Brown Bear…or Insecurity?

  • what neighborhood says:

    @what neighborhood in brooklyn houses the most off-campus Columbia students?

    Crown Heights!

  • anon says:

    @anon guhhh

  • test says:

    @test test

  • !!! says:

    @!!! I demand a SEAS crown for SEAS students. If you can’t figure how to do this impossible task, then ask a Fu-sie to do it for you.

    Hammers are awesome.

    1. yeah says:

      @yeah poor SEAS, always getting shafted

    2. christ says:

      @christ you still go to columbia university, you partisan hack. bow in obeisance to the university crown, impudent whelp!

  • barnard dorms says:

    @barnard dorms do they work? let’s find out.

  • you counted them says:

    @you counted them hahaha!
    The crowns are really cute, that’s why I chose Columbia as my top school. Also, because I look smashingly good in baby blue.

  • emmet says:

    @emmet just checking

  • does this count says:

    @does this count as a campus computer if it’s on a network?

  • hmmmm says:

    @hmmmm let’s see if this works

  • hmm says:

    @hmm does this work now im in the library

  • testing again says:

    @testing again testing crown does it work?

  • this says:

    @this is nifty, if you’re into that sort of thing.

  • Albert says:

    @Albert Cool and all, but doesn’t this conflict with the Columbia administrative policy for using the crown? Bored at Butler ran into this problem and was forced to remove it. Unless Bwog is an official campus publication, I don’t see how it can use the crown.

    Of course, Bwog/BW does have a columbia.edu email account.

  • poopiemcfartnugget says:

    @poopiemcfartnugget horrible idea, almost as brilliant as breaking the entire comment system on the spectator website

  • hiiii says:

    @hiiii i think they still need to impose further reform on the comment policy

  • well says:

    @well let’s see

  • test says:

    @test ing

  • Umm says:

    @Umm Fascism! Fascism!

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