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    This New York Times Website Comment Is the Single Best Comment of the YearWhen speech-to-text goes awry.
  2. old letters
    Read Letters to New York From Spike Lee, Mimi Sheraton, and Donald TrumpLooking back at old letters to the editor.
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    You Can Now Filter Your Own Instagram Comments, Just Like a CelebrityThe antiharassment tool is a small but important step.
  4. Good News for Taylor Swift: Instagram Will Introduce Moderation Tools SoonThe features will give users more control over what appears on their accounts.
  5. Print’s Not DeadThat’s one way to deal with a lack of Wi-Fi.
  6. Mark Zuckerberg Learns the Futility of the Comments Section“I’m replying to comments on the internet!”
  7. housekeeping
    About the SpamWe’re working on it.
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    We’re Experiencing Some Technical Difficulties [Updated]Please bear with us.
  9. intel
    Wisenheimers, Scary People, and Debate-Team Captains: A Taxonomy of Commenting CommunitiesAn anthropological survey of thirteen strange online cultures.
  10. company town
    McCain Campaign Rewarding Commenting SpammersPlus, the latest on Wall Street, Gold Street, and your street, in our daily industry roundup.
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    Tommii Cosgrove Proves Commenters Will One Day Rule the WorldWe recount our own battle against commenter Tommii Cosgrove, who brought down Credit Suisse financier Steve Rattner.
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    Does the Ability to Comment Anonymously on Blogs Turn Us Into Monsters?Or are we monsters to begin with? Comment on that and the other media, finance, real-estate, and law news in our daily roundup.
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    Scott Rose in Full BloomIn which we reveal the most prolific nymag.com commenter ever.
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    Thanks to Comments, Le Call and Caleb McDonald Are More Than Pretty FacesThere was a time when a dork from the boondocks could come to New York City and reinvent himself as a whole new person. Andy Warhol did it, and Madonna, and really just about everyone fabulous who made this place worth the rent and rodent issues in the first place. But now there’s the Internet, and well, that’s the end of that! These days, you can’t show off your carefully cultivated soigné personality and Oliver Twist–with–a–touch–of–Hermès look anywhere without someone from high school popping up cramp your style. Which is what happened to Look Book subject Caleb McDonald this week. McDonald claimed to be from the Middle East, but one commenter begged to differ:
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    Daily Intel: Now With Comments, It’s Your Responsibility, TooSo, readers. We know you have lots of things to say about Gossip Girl. Who doesn’t? But lately we’ve been wondering what you think about other things we write about. Like, you know, Rudy Giuliani, sports, or people who are bonkers. We know you have opinions and jokes, and we’re betting they’re usually better than ours. Which is why we’ve added comments to Daily Intel. From now on, you can comment on any and every post we write, from the lame to the genius. Registration is quick and easy, so don’t hesitate. The comments show up on the main Daily Intel page, which you should have bookmarked anyway, you jerks. We really need the backup. Seriously, we’re even ripping off the LOLCats. Throw us a bone!
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    David Carr Loves You, Joel Stein Does Not Do you agree with David Carr’s Golden Globe predictions? Believe he’s right that Scorsese will win for best director? Well, let the man know what you think already. He’s just twiddling his thumbs waiting for your feedback. Or so it seems from today’s media column on Carr’s obsession with the comments on his Carpetbagger blog. “Now I have become a day trader, jacked in to my computer and trading by the second in my most precious commodity: me,” he writes. “How do they like me now? What about … now? Hmmmm … Now?” We’re moved by Carr’s extreme concern, perhaps even more so because we’ve just been jilted by a certain West Coast writer. In a (now-much-blogged-about) January 2 column in the Los Angeles Times, Joel Stein asked readers to do him a favor and not e-mail him: “I get that you have opinions you want to share. That’s great. You’re the Person of the Year. I just don’t have any interest in them … A lot of e-mail screeds argue that, in return for the privilege of broadcasting my opinion, I have the responsibility to listen to you. I don’t. No more than you have a responsibility to read me. I’m not an elected servant.” Compare this to Carr’s description of his rapport with a frequent commenter who went traveling: “I sort of missed him. I dropped him a note and then called him in Israel about being off the grid (in particular, my grid).” Why the sharp contrast in attitude? Could our journalists’ keen interest in readers’ opinions be another Reason to Love New York? Do you think so? We want to know! — Lori Fradkin 24-Hour Newspaper People [NYT] Have Something to Say? I Don’t Care [LAT]