Popular Science kills comments. Bravo! Can’t wait for newspapers to do it!

I heard a fascinating segment on Marketplace today on Popular Science shutting off commenting on articles.  They’ve posted a complete reason why they shut off comments on new articles. Their rationale is to shut down anti-science trolls who they feel may impact the public perception of the science they write about. Sure, I’m OK with that, it’s their site they can do what they want.

My thought is that it’s time for all news sites to shut down comments.  It’s extremely rare that I read anything in comments that adds to my understanding of an article or an issue and most often the comments are one step above spam.  When comments were first allowed on news articles and blogs they provided a way for people to participate in a story, add their thoughts and perhaps post contradictory evidence or facts.  That’s not necessary any longer. I’m not saying people shouldn’t provide their own thoughts on articles, but they can do that via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or their own blog.  There is no reason for a news site or a company to have to host what in most cases is irrelevant commentary.

Congratulations to Popular Science on making this move, let’s hope that we see lots of others following suit.

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Challenge when they stop their dribble

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I’ve been helping out as an assistant coach for the soccer team of one of my daughters.  One of the things we’ve been working on is when defenders should step up and challenge an opposing player with the ball who is approaching the goal.  This seems easy right? It’s their job to defend the goal so they should go out and stop anyone who is approaching. The problem is when they go out to challenge and ‘get beat,’ or the offensive player gets by them there is no one left to defend the goal.  This happens way too often, usually because the players are moving in opposite directions and and all it takes is a slight shift to the left or the right and the dribbler blows past the defender who is now heading in the wrong direction.

We’re trying to address this with ‘challenge their stop.’ Wait back in your defensive position until they stop their dribble. When their momentum stops, move up right on them and stay close so they can’t move forward easily.

This strategy works well for soccer, basketball and business.  When you see them stop their dribble, get in there and challenge.