UFO Conjectures

Friday, January 02, 2015

Again: Where are the comments?


  • Maybe a lot of readers have nothing to add or the means to do so? After all, most site visits are non-members without posting credentials/accounts. Moreover, maybe the regulars are running out of meaningful comments to make? Some of them have been chewing over the same cases and making similar arguments for many years.

    Another strong possibility could be intimidation. Any long-term reader will have seen a few folk being chased off in the comments section.

    I hasten to add that I'm not aiming disrespect at anyone who has/does post here. Quite the opposite, their presence and thoughts over the years have been integrated into my own.

    The declining interest in the topics could be lamented or celebrated - I'm undecided! Nevertheless, when the death throes are over, I bet some Menzelian type claims the credit for 'derailing the woo-woo train.'

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • Rich,

    You should be overjoyed no one's posting comments. It means your readership is intelligent, and knows enough to agree to disagree, or realize your conjecture(s) are unassailable!

    By Blogger MrAnonymous, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • Guys...

    I'd like to see that readers are alive.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • My read of this is more of a suspicion based on puzzle pieces.
    One of which was your involvement with the Kodachrome slide whirlpool and the subsequent schizophrenia that angled a target on everyone's pet corn..Tony became the story and when he investigated the background of a guest columnist, my impression was that between the slides and the erasure of this gentleman from your site, rightly or wrongly, turned off a lot of potential commentators, both past and future
    Another suspicion I have is that there is a lack of comfort level in prompting a dialog where one could be made to look stupid, ill informed or as you say, "off topic"
    There seems to be a lot of thin skins in this subject area.
    Maybe so, maybe not.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • Well, Bruce, you can see that people are still cruising by, but not yelling out their window.

    As for Tony, he and I have reconciled and remain friends despite all the shenanigans and hoopla.

    Yes, there is the "fear factor" -- off topic or made to feel condescended to.

    But one would hope that there would be some gutsy types who are afraid of nothing especially from a twerp like me.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • I think the disagreements are more interesting than everyone nodding their heads in abeyance albeit silently. I noticed that there were several negative comments on this past subject that I brought up posted elsewhere, rather than here where this stuff originated. Folks talking past each other which is par for this subject area of interest.
    When I look at the comments posted on older more familiar subjects like Roswell etc, there are a lot of comments..there may be a lack of comfort on more abstracted subjects.
    Burn out is another. Controversies full of sound and fury leading nowhere. I wrote recently about the extreme impossibilities of getting empirical evidence from witnesses. That is one example.
    Some commentators I do miss because of their contrariety which can be provocatively entertaining.
    You do stir the pot.
    Yet...it needs stirring.
    And so it goes.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • I wouldn't worry about comments if you still have page views. To my mind, there are a variety of reasons for the relative silence.

    * Most UFO news items these days are plain bunk. There are better things to contemplate.
    * Some items are of small interest but either have been recycled many times or require no discussion.
    * Unlike on Kevin Randle's blog, the commenters here don't hate each other and so don't pounce on each other (well, not often).
    * Major Leage Baseball transactions! There have been a lot.
    * It's the holidays (I was travelling and had little computer access for two weeks. I am catching up, but have well over 100 unread news items waiting in my booksmarks).
    * We are all resting up for the massive blowout debate caused by the release of the paradigm-shattering Roswell slides! Skeptics are currently hoarding canned goods and backup keyboards while Roswell believers are setting up baptismal fonts for the long lines of converts that will form after the big reveal.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • All true Terry...

    And those damn Kodak slides; they have everyone holding their ufological breaths.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • I must apologize Rich. I was too busy watching a couple of college football games on the tube, plus attempting to multitask by visiting with my daughter and her husband.

    Proudly, I was able to do both and sneak in a couple of views on your site.

    I was one of the thousand or so "lookie loos."

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Saturday, January 03, 2015  

  • It's not just you. I've noticed this myself and so have other bloggers I know. I think part of the reason for so few comments these days is the move toward smart phones. They're great for perusing and maybe giving something a thumbs up, but they're not so great when it comes to comments or significant interaction. As more people use their smartphones as their computer, the more passive the blogging world becomes: entertain me. But it's a double-edged sword. Without feedback or metrics to fuel the fire, bloggers can become frustrated and feel like they're alone in the dark talking to themselves.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Sunday, January 04, 2015  

  • Yes, Cullan...

    Bloggers (outside the UFO sphere) also say they have few hits or reads too.

    I think we are all tapped out: so much to read, so little energy to respond.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, January 04, 2015  

  • Too many trolls and flamers?

    By Blogger Poetryman, at Tuesday, January 06, 2015  

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