Do you want to have fewer blog readers? Are you tired of pesky commenters who disagree with your posts? Is there something to be gained by frustrating users? Here’s how…
Just set up your blog so users have to create accounts and log in to post a comment. Heck, they already have 50 gazillion accounts, what is one more? And by the time the poor fools actually wade through a registration form, wait for an email.. they have forgotten what they wanted to criticize you on! And, for an extra added, evil twist.. never email them the password!
You will be free of readers in no time.
I just had this lovely experience and could not wait to pull out the canine teeth…
No mention of games and virtual worlds? Jenkins notes that “”¦the presenters, and some of the attendees, signaled some disappointment that Virtual Worlds did not make the final cut this year, suggesting that there is still some disagreement about their viability and long-term impact on education.”
Disclaimer- I work for NMC and participate in the process.
Okay, if anyone does their homework, they might see that virtual worlds was on the shortlist for this year. But more notably, the purpose of the Horizon Report is not to ID every possible technology, but the top 2 as researched and voted by the advisory board. And hold the runaway train, virtual worlds were on the 2-3 horizon in the 2007 Horizon Report, as was Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming for the 3-4 year horizon. And educational games were on the mid and far horizon going back to 2004 and 2005… stuff stays on the horizon, even if it is not in a report the following year– is that so hard to see?
In a general summary, 2007 saw a lot of growth in virtual worlds, almost that it became less on the horizon, and moved up rather quickly. On the other hand, there were not significant major developments or changes in this space to somehow write something different from 2007… there are hints of this to come maybe this year with more virtual world platforms becoming viable and developments in the metaverse or grid concepts.
If you want a big crystal ball that includes everything, go hop on a Gartner Hype curve. The Horizon report does play the prediction game- as Paul Saffo writes
Predicting is about certainly, and forecasting is about appreciating uncertainty. Forecasting gives decision makers to act in the face of uncertainty.
So for one more time, just because something from the 2007 report, put on a horizon out to 2009-2010, does not lose that place because it was not highlighted in 2008.
So remember bloggers, you will have more time and fewer bothersome comments if you make it frustratingly impossible to post a comment. For whatever that is worth.
The post "How To Lose Readers and Influence No One" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2008/02/register-for-comments-stupid/) on February 18, 2008.