Why We're Changing The Comments System

Earnest-Pettie by Earnest-Pettie on Jan. 15, 2013

There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes here at Break HQ, things you only ever see the results of. Arguments over whether we’re going to feature “spicy” girl content, whether we should post more or fewer videos, and even the value of Facebook registrations have all had big impacts on the way you experience Break.com. We’ve never pulled the curtain back to expose you to those issues-- you’ve only ever experienced the effects of them. Well, we’re making a change to the way Break.com works today, and since you are the reason for our making this change, we thought it only appropriate that you should know why we are doing it. 

 
Beginning today, we are changing the default view for the comments. From now until further notice, comments will default to the “Most Popular” view. Comments with the most total upvotes will appear at the top of the stream of comments, and comments with the fewest total upvotes will be pushed to the bottom of the page. The reason we are doing this is because we want to discourage the vile, hateful comments that have become so commonplace on Break.com. This step won’t eliminate them, but it is our hope that it will mitigate them. 
 
 
For the past six weeks, we have been having big, existential conversations about Break.com, and almost all of them have been related to the comments on the site. The fact that posting content with black people, brown people, Asians, and women all seem to immediately invite abusive commentary has led us to question whether we should even post that content, which is not a question we should ever ask. We should be posting the best videos and pictures, period. 
 
“Be funny. Don’t be mean. We may remove comments that cross the line.” We know that all of you have seen that disclaimer that sits just above the comments box. It’s hard to be funny, but many of you are funny on a consistent basis. For the most part, we don’t care whether a comment is politically correct or not as long as it’s funny. What isn’t hard is crossing the line. A handful of you are ruining this experience for everyone by not being funny and just being mean and hateful.
 
We believe you can do better. We want 2013 to be the year that Break.com’s comment section becomes as robust as it was several years ago, and we’re asking for your help in making that happen. Here’s the first way you can help. Leave great comments, comments that make you laugh and make other people jealous they didn’t come up with those comments first. Don’t be afraid to be edgy, but think twice about typing something dumb, cruel or hateful. The other way you can help is to start actively voting up comments that deserve to be honored and voting down comments that deserve to be punished. 
 
This afternoon, we’re rolling out these changes to our comment system so get out there, start leaving great comments, and please begin voting up and down other users’ worthwhile and worthless comments. Good hunting! 
 
- Earnest
 
215 comments
Bill-Wallace-71
Bill-Wallace-71

I think some here are missing the point. the staff is not saying you can't be mean, just don't be mean for the sake of being mean, make it funny. and the more interesting comments by community standards "should rise to the top". As for the racism, it does go both ways. it's alright that BET (black entertainment TV) exists, but imagine the uproar if someone created CET (caucasion entertainment TV) .... everyone has their opinions, but there is nothing wrong with the community setting th

gonzagylot
gonzagylot

Here's an issue: The comments that get promoted to the top will at first get easy thumbs ups, as it's the easiest comment to see, and probably of a high quality. It may be that someone comes on in a year and posts the funniest comment of all time, but it's never seen because it's buried so deep.

gonzagylot
gonzagylot

Well this stinks! I'm not funny, AND I'm not sexist or racist. Goodbye cruel break, forever will my comments be sorted at the bottom :(

bradley81a
bradley81a

breaks going to hell!! and its all because of those soulless effing gingers!!

Hoofster
Hoofster

Break I do have a few small suggestions for you: Don't let us vote on our own comments, and give us the option to delete what we've posted

Scouceeee
Scouceeee

Im a writing this comment late so no one is even gonna read it cause it will be pushed directly to the bottom page due to lack of votes. purple monkey dishwasher

vold
vold

I think it would be a better idea to just remove all the "first" comments.

Alex-Bryson-87
Alex-Bryson-87

I think that Break is an awesome site. I visit daily and enjoy most of the videos. Thanks Break, for the years of quality entertainment!

Dipstix
Dipstix

too much reading did not read

AutoPlayDeveloper
AutoPlayDeveloper

Break should do a weekly gallery with a hot Break girl. Break has become very neutral to what their site is about. I don't see the point of having games. I also hope they brighten up or do something to the new site design and layout; the mobile video user base isn't that big so why create the whole layout on that? Pointless. I hate gray.

Earnest-Pettie-373
Earnest-Pettie-373

It sounds like you're still on old Break. Click the link at the top of the page to come to new Break.

rezzy
rezzy

If we all start behaving on the posts, will you bring back the spicy pics? It was very nice having a site where you could look at attractive unclad women in a non pornographic setting.

MitchB-R-KBoss
MitchB-R-KBoss

wait for our new series Apt. 4 coming in a couple weeks. It is beyond hot and will make you forget spicy galleries every existed.

IAutoPlayYourMoms
IAutoPlayYourMoms

spicy galleries were eliminated on grounds of legal controversy about all the stolen private pics of half naked gals they were mostly made of: here you go again,you say? Enjoy the lawsuits...

blazingrngras
blazingrngras

touche douche in case your stupid its pronounced TOO SHAY DOUCHE SHAY.

Netalius
Netalius

I think the black community should get together and troll all the crackers here hard. We could have a giant race war right here on break.com! Doesn't that sound exciting!!!

Sigmarlboro
Sigmarlboro

I think the black community should get together and sucker punch you for being the weakest link. Maybe even snake your Jordans. Then go play hoops talkin about how much of a wimp you are.

Netalius
Netalius

I duno man, the race war sounded more interesting.

Netalius
Netalius

Oh, so if I call my gardener a wet back I am not being racist. I am simply being stereotypical of the notion that many immigrant Spanish lay people work in the hot sun and accumulate sweat on their backs and shirts. Thank you for your correction, my new understanding really illuminates the root problem!

MLu
MLu

Dear D0uche, Try to get your racial slurs right. "Wet back" comes from people swimming the Rio Grande to get into the US.

Netalius
Netalius

Tell us about your needs, tell us about all your special feelings!

calixa
calixa

percisely why i stoped posting on brake...too much poo on here.

Netalius
Netalius

He called the shit poop again!

CHEM7
CHEM7

but you're still here... and you can't spell.

ngrlvr
ngrlvr

suck my dick break

Sigmarlboro
Sigmarlboro

You remind me of politicians... You got nothing to do so to make yourself feel useful you make up rules and regulations so people will think you actually work.

FVKYOU
FVKYOU

Ahhhh. Lamer and Gayer. I didn't think it was possible.

deadnightwarrior
deadnightwarrior

Please tell me, it will be alright. I'm scared of break's future

franklin708
franklin708

so now I have to read from the bottom up

LostKeys
LostKeys

Dear Earnest, You cannot come asking things of people without offering something back. I propose that you hire someone who is literate and has a sense of humor to write your video descriptions, and in return I will do my best to not be hateful on your website, anymore. Additionally, It would bring great pleasure and distraction to those who post negative comments if you were to bring back the Spicy section. Just saying. Sincerely, A loyal Bigboys.com Fan

LostKeys
LostKeys

Though, if you do actually get around to reading that. I think you should know that the problem in which you have clearly blamed the hostile commenting for is that you are focused on bringing advertisers without going out and advertising your own website. Facebook doesn't cut it. I never click Facebook advertisements.. If you do then the same damn advertisement pops up for the next year. I know.. It sucks - Break.com grew up with YouTube and lost the battle for the big buyout. My advice - Finish your d

Netalius
Netalius

shhh, no more talkie talkie

salinoderp180
salinoderp180

Who is Earnest and how can I shake his hand?

Netalius
Netalius

I bet he will let you blow him too!

chimbogallawalla
chimbogallawalla

Break: this is the first comment I've put on break.com and I only registered this account to thank you. Well done! You've done the right thing. Now, despite the NSFW content of the videos, I feel comfortable sharing break.com links with co-workers. Bring on the boobies! Bring on the broken bones! More vomit! More car crashes! Go Break!

Alex-Bryson-87
Alex-Bryson-87

I signed up for the same reason. I don't enjoy everything, but it keeps me coming back, therefore, ultimately, great site.

Netalius
Netalius

This is what happens when a family member of the Break Staff try to seem like just another internet commentator and give Break a shallow hand job.

2130bng
2130bng

Bring back boobies and all the hate will disappear.

Netalius
Netalius

Why would anyone go to Break for bobbies? Go to 4Chan like everyone else.

Derpwatch
Derpwatch

OK, Ernest, but was doe Burt have to say?

Lazy-Phoque
Lazy-Phoque

Ρoop coⅽk.

Netalius
Netalius

I am sorry, but the fact that poop cock is not the top comment makes me really sad.

akeyes
akeyes

the TL;DR version of this would be, "well since reddit is going to put us out of business, were just going to start stealing their features to prolong our survival before claiming bankruptcy"

Netalius
Netalius

reddit is good, but it's format is sloppy

LostKeys
LostKeys

Reddit....? You mean the ONE social networking website in the world that manages to consistently get away with "Hit spoofing". Not only is reddit complete garbage, they are on a very sad and very steep decline from the friendly community of kind supportive people it used to be, probably due to their "hit spoofing" sucking in masses of trolls from 4chan and other useless websites.

whitedevil2
whitedevil2

i masturbated the entire time i read this

neothedj
neothedj

i support you guys all the way. loved this site since it was "Big-boys.com" thanks for keeping guard against the trolls for us !