IT has bee three years to the date that I posted the video above. Back then HP; decided that besides the rampant corporate based censoring, biased moderation staff ( favoring posters based on personal interactions with their staff ) the click and bait format, the endless schemes to monetize ( something that I have no issues as long as it is done within reason) the out of control CM2 ( Community moderator) System, the ridiculous badge system ( an attempt to brain wash individuals to keep them from straying too far from the conformity of Groupthink ) the automated word censors and one of their MOST useless machinations, forcing the community to connect via Facebook.
The community rebelled. They left the platform en masse; what HP hoped would be a new way to blog turned into the prime example of how websites alienate their users. HP lost big time, the few paid employees (Community staff) were ejected, the only thing keeping the place going are the people on the international pages people that for the most part were not aware of the rebellion. This did not need to happen.HUFFPO LOST!
But one has to ask did it really? Look to any website with a comment platform, particular those using Disqus ( I like Disqus on small personal blogs, not news aggregator sites ) forums. They seem to have adopted the worst aspects of HP and none of the good. The use of CM2, even worse CM2s with separate community accounts, word moderation and hardly any professional moderation ( something I feel should be an accredited profession) teams –THIS is prevalent and HUFFPO’s legacy. HP lost on their turf but won the battle against users outside of their platform. One reason for this is that those sites that took in HP overflow also got the same staff and schemers on board.
So the cycle begins again, the question becomes who will be the next HP and will the community fall for the same trap?
I did a bad job of getting my point across. I think that years after HP the #1 news aggregator online imploded, mainly because of their own antics, commenting forums are not better off. This was supposed to be a revolution led by the community and instead what has happened is that people have settled for HP clone sites and they have not taken ownership like they did on HP.
This is not particular to HP former members as they have scattered on the internet, I’m talking about comment forums on just about any site—be it an online news paper publication, journal, entertainment magazine. If people put in the time, form communities and help build those forums, then they deserve a productive medium not hindered by moderation and juvenile tactics to encourage them to post.