1019: First Post
Title text: 'Nuh-uh! We let users vote on comments and display them by number of votes. Everyone knows that makes it impossible for a few persistent voices to dominate the discussion.'
This comic looks at most every comment section in the history of the internet. The comic itself takes on sites that display comments in the order received. Lots of major newspapers do this and it helps only in showing what sort of lunatics read and comment on newspaper articles. Most of the time, the comments section is not worth reading.
However, the title text takes on sites like Reddit  that sort the comments by number of votes. The most popular comments go right to the top. This is certainly an improvement, but Randall uses this quotation in the title text sarcastically. In that, he doesn't believe it, in fact he believes just the opposite.
- [A bar graph with two bars. The first bar is much taller than the second. It is marked '$1,500,000', and below the x-axis, is labelled "Cost to buy an ad on every story on a major news site every day until the election. The second bar is much shorter, marked "$200,000', and labelled "Cost to pay five college students $20/hour to camp the site 24/7 and post the first few comments the moment a story goes up, giving you the last word in every article and creating an impression of peer consensus.]
- The problem with posting comments in the order they're submitted.