You’ll never guess why we can’t stop talking about your comments

A few days ago, our benign overlords at Disqus, which hosts our site comments, offered to send us data on our most popular stories. Disqus is testing the new feature and wanted our opinion.
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Be a smarter consumer – read this now!

My story about smart travelers who occasionally do not-so-smart things topped our list of most-visited articles this week.

No surprise – we all make mistakes.
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Here comes an even better way to share your comments

Blog comments are a battlefield.

I mean that figuratively and literally. Consider the problems faced by the Ukrainian website Info Resist. As a war between Ukrainian nationalists and rebels raged on, Russian-backed trolls invaded its comments section.
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Why we have comments – and why you should care

If you’re a regular commenter on this site, January sure was an interesting month for you. It was for me.

We started by declaring war on snark and concluded with perhaps the biggest story of the new year, which happened to be about a company that repeatedly referred to its own customers in an obscene way.
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It’s time to tell the TSA what you really think of it — and for it to listen

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Travelers love to complain about the TSA, and even though the agency assigned to protect America’s transportation systems claims to listen, most of us know better.

Don’t believe me? Try sending the agency an email, complaining about your last pat-down. Do you hear the sound of crickets? Me too.

But now a court has ordered the TSA to listen, and to pay attention — and maybe, if we’re lucky, to do something about it.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ordered the TSA to engage in something known as notice-and-comment rulemaking on its screening procedures, and specifically its use of full-body scanners. You can leave your comment at the Federal Register website until June 24th.
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