RadCan’s Sur le Web, a blog-style page with links to interesting things online, has added the ability for users to comment, except with a strange rule: No links. Period.
Sur le Web is a very strange animal in the local blogosphere:
- Each post is paired with a tiny video of the blogger’s talking head explaining what we’ve just read.
- Permalinks are created with page anchors as opposed to individual pages, meaning they become useless after a couple of days.
- The site’s RSS feed has no text for its posts
Now this. I’m seriously tempted to unsubscribe as a protest, and would have done so long ago had the site been any less useful for information. But the fact that it seems to intentionally make it as difficult as possible to use annoys me to no end.
I couldn’t care less about comments. Fix everything else first.
But the fact that a blog about links to stuff online doesn’t allow links in its comments? That’s insane.
Among some of RadCan’s other draconian rules:
- No comments in languages other than French
- No anonymous or pseudonymous comments
- No more than three comments per person per discussion
If similar rules had been put in place at CBC.ca, we’d be hearing about it. Maybe we need a Radio-Canada version of Inside the CBC?