YouTube Comment Snob: Take 2 - The Intrepid

Friday, January 30, 2009

YouTube Comment Snob: Take 2

Yesterday, we wrote a short article rant about news message boards and the growing online idiocracy. At the end of the article we promoted YouTube Comment Snob: the fantastic Firefox extension that allows users to block out comments with spelling and punctuation errors, erratic capitalization, and profanity. Today, we figured we would use the same extension to see just how pervasive internet stupidity has become (yes, this is an awesome use of our time). In our experiment, we examined the twenty most popular YouTube videos of the week and counted the number of comments Comment Snob blocked. The results: seventy-six per cent of the posts were blocked by Comment Snob—and even some the comments that made through were somewhat dubious.

Before and after YouTube Comment Snob. Top photo by richardbaybutt.