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YahooNews Complaint - Great at the surface but underlying problems
YahooNews Complaint

YahooNews Complaint


Great at the surface but underlying problems

Yahoo news does have a wide array of stories from varying newspapers and doing this does put them a step ahead of other news sites and I applaud them for that. Though, It seems to purposefully limit peoples ability to use them. Yahoo News implemented an Auto Re-fresh function for ALL news posted on their site some time ago and it goes off every few minutes. 15 minutes or less as it sometimes seems random and other time seems to go off at predetermined intervals. This is horrible as it can take several minutes to read a story then write more than 1 sentence, or check facts, spelling, or re-reading of your comment to ensure it says what you want it to. You know the things you should be doing to be a good poster (and being a good poster is something they ask you to do). Whenever it refreshes you lose whatever comment you where typing and if you were reading into a long story or even a series of comments that was say starts at the 276 comment out of 1000 you have to slog through the comments section to get back there or find your place again in the story. I checked Yahoo's help section on the matter and a consumer (NOT yahoo) opened a topic on it. There is no way to turn it off for the news section and based on what people said there (as some of them had complained to Yahoo) the company does not seem to care. When a company implements a tactic that prevents easy reading of the news on a news site, thoughtful and well written discourse, or the reading of such discourse on a site that is supposed to have it than it is not a company that should be used. This is made even worse because it seems to assume that Yahoo either thinks that if the user thinks there is a change in the story they would not be able to re-fresh the page themselves or that Yahoo just wants us to see many ads (because when the page refreshes you start at the top again looking directly at a new advertisement) or maybe they think both. I can see the need for a refresh on a live feed but there is NEVER a need to automatically refresh EVERY story every few minutes causing you to either lose your place in the story, the comments section, or lose an entire comment you only started to write. Either way it is a poor idea leaving you either never sure if you can use the more in depth news functions or trying to figure out when auto reload might go off so that you read news and comment on someone else's time table. I know many people only skim stories, do not care about writing comments, only write brief ones, or do not read the comments. Though, for those of us who: read comments, would like to be able to post comments, read and think through a long and in depth story without losing our place, or just think that doing this makes sure that only really short comments of inaccurate spew is posted this is a really bad idea.

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