ST - The Bunker has been like that for a long time.There's actually quite a bit of real world interaction between the "Bunker Bugs", and things that started outside the Bunker often get continued within it. Also, one persons comment may jog someone else's memory about something similar, and a whole new train of comments gets started. Sometimes it's like an on line version of 'The Whispering Game' kids play, and what comes out at the end has nothing to do with what went in at the beginning. I also find it frustrating at times, but the folks who hang out there have a diversity of interests (including cats & toads) about $cientology beyone narCONon, and for them it's the right fit.I believe having a diversity of views and formats on the forums and blogs is a good thing, and keeps our minds constantly on the lookout for new avenues to bring $cientology and narCONon down. Much better than being in lock-step "group think" to the Dwarfen Furher's "command intention".
On the plus side, all the comments are included in the page text, so search engines will see it. (The Disqus wrapper fills in some meta information from their site, but all the text is there.)I'd love to do automated comment mining, but teaching code the difference between informational comments and general stuff might be hard. It's the same with the comments in Mike Rinder's blog.
I'd love to do automated comment mining, but teaching code the difference between informational comments and general stuff might be hard. It's the same with the comments in Mike Rinder's blog.
I am an avid commenter at the Bunker. I do try to keep my posts on topic, but sometimes I get distracted. It happens. I find the "Bunkerite" aka "Bunkeroo" community fun, and I learn a lot from them.I am an ex-Scientologist, so I often can contribute to something being said regarding the daily article from Tony or a response to one of the comments/questions. (Then sometimes I might post a heart thingy ♥ or a pic of caek or popcorn or a shoop I made).My trick on browsing the comments at the Underground Bunker is that I will sort comments to BEST. I will scan the OP and some of the responses. If the responses don't interest me, then I click the minus sign ( - ) to collapse the whole comment and responses then move on to the next comment. I hope this is helpful.
@SocialTransparency- I'm a regular commenter at the Bunker, and things often get off-track or silly or involve inside jokes. I'm one of the mouthiest ones! I'm sorry you find it frustrating and there are times I agree with you.AegerPrimo gives the best advice - sort comments to "Best" and you'll get the most cogent responses to the day's topic. "Minus sign" to far right of comment uses the invaluable Collapse Thread technique.FWIW, some of us have tried to start "Off Topic" Disqus threads for various subjects so they don't clutter up the comments, but it's like trying to divert a raging river with a teaspoon. Keep hanging in there and reading. Different viewpoints are welcome and encouraged.
Hi ST. Just remembered my password!I'm a newb member. Found my way here through talking with Juicer at the Bunker.Great advice regarding the Bunker comment section from AP and Juicer. Something else I've noticed is that the comments start on topic and tend to wander off as people don't want to labor the point and repeat what others have said already. So sometimes it's worth reading the earlier comments too. It does go well off topic at times but it's sometimes fun and/or educational. Anyway good to meet you.