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    Tim Jahns commented  · 

    If Yahoo was clearer about the removal of comments and the process of taking a "survey" in the meantime, that would make this look more legitimate and also give some sense of when comments will return and with what changes. Instead, this period of no comments and a "survey" button under each story just leaves people in the dark and allows conspiracy theories about what Yahoo is doing. Give a timeline for reporting on the survey or when comments will be allowed again--something to provide a more positive view of what's happening. I want comments to return, hopefully with a few positive changes in it such as improving the ridiculous auto-censor functions. But I don't necessarily buy into the conspiracy theories of the right or the left on the reasoning behind this (temporary?) removal of comments. I'm more concerned about the content of the various sections than about some suppression of views. As it is, the warped views of various commenters who are ill-informed, bigoted and just plain hateful are nothing to celebrate having space for.

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    Instead of just slamming the site, try giving a detailed description of what you dislike and why. Saying something sucks is just empty hostility.

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    Publishing editorials like the one by Andrew McCarthy of National Review is deceptive and insulting when you don't clearly identify it as opinion and not news. Further, his affiliation with National Review--a staunchly conservative to right-wing publication--was in such tiny type that it was virtually unreadable. And in the piece he repeatedly promotes his own book on the subject of the Trump/Russia investigation. Balance is one thing, but undifferentiated presentation of warped opinions as if they're factual in nature is deceptive and offensive.

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    The latest example of a ridiculous auto-censor function is the article about the man who drove into protestors being a member of the Ku Klux Klan. When I used *** or Ku Klux Klan in my comment, both versions of the name were censored into that typo gibberish. Come on, yahoo, there must be a way to distinguish between legitimate and offensive uses of a common name like that. It's ridiculous and offensive that we can't use the term to describe someone's affiliation. This is just one of many auto-censored words that are used in articles and are commonly used terms but rejected by the auto-censor. Maybe have a live person monitor be able to view a term that is auto-flagged and then evaluate whether something like *** is used objectively/normally or used to advance a right-wing extremist agenda.

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    The latest example is the article about the man who drove into protestors being a member of the Ku Klux Klan. When I used *** or Ku Klux Klan, both versions of the name were censored into that typo gibberish. Come on, yahoo, there must be a way to distinguish between legitimate and offensive uses of a common name like that. It's ridiculous and offensive that we can't use the term to describe someone's affiliation. This is just one of many auto-censored words that are used in articles and are commonly used terms but rejected by the auto-censor. Maybe have a live person monitor be able to view a term that is auto-flagged and then evaluate whether something like *** is used objectively/normally or used to advance a right-wing extremist agenda.

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    Tim Jahns commented  · 

    The right-wing opinions offered here are just that--partisan opinions. I would agree that there might be too many items about AOC, but she's not just a meaningless newcomer in Congress. She's a legitimately important progressive voice who has also been involved in major legislative ideas like the Green New Deal that is filled with important plans to improve our country. How about we dispense with the flood of aggravating daily items about the latest lies and vulgar insults from the demented mind of Trump? That would make life a little less horrific.

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    I agree. It would be one thing if there was an actual hard news item about one of them being in a car wreck or dying, but otherwise stop feeding into this absurd, offensive celebrity worship with more shallow gossip and meaningless items about the no-talent Kardashians. There is so much more going on in the world--even in the entertainment industry--that is so much more worthy than the silly nonsense items about the Kardashians.

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    Whatever auto-censor function is being used, it's absurd and offensive the way it works. I've had comments deleted immediately after I hit Return, for no good reason I can figure. Others have complained about such censorship--that it's excessive, subjective and inconsistent in what it chooses to delete or replace words with the symbol gibberish in. I used the common word "kook" in a comment, for example, and had the auto-censor change that word to a bunch of symbols. It's NOT a vulgar or offensive word but a commonly used description of someone who's mentally unhinged. I also tried repeatedly to post the following comment and had it deleted even when I modified one or two words I thought might be triggering the auto-censor to delete it without good reason: " What a disgusting monster and authoritarian wannabe in the White House. This sickening swamp creature needs to be impeached and removed asap." I've seen comments much more violent or vulgar appear without censorship, while my comment was deleted. It's ridiculous and creates a sense that the auto-censor is arbitrary and has ridiculous trigger words built into it. How about actually dealing with this and responding to the complaints from users?

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