Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 | 2 a.m.
Who are the people who post comments at all hours on newspaper websites? Well, we wanted to know, and we wanted to introduce you to some of the folks who post almost daily on LasVegasSun.com.
Steve Mincer (stevem)
Steve Mincer, 40, lived in Las Vegas for seven years before moving to St. Louis in 2008 in hopes of finding better opportunities as a real estate agent. Though he no longer lives in Las Vegas, Mincer said he still keeps up with the community’s news and happenings.
Mincer said he began commenting on Las Vegas Sun stories when the recession hit to combat commenters who continued to refer to the city as “recession proof.”
Mincer typically comments on local economy stories, but occasionally posts on political issues. Mincer said that although he usually sides with the political views of the other local Las Vegas paper, he prefers the Sun’s website and comment forum.
Jim Bacon (boftx)
Jim Bacon is a 56-year-old software engineer who has lived in Las Vegas for the past two and a half years. Bacon has been a commenter on the Las Vegas Sun website since 2008, primarily commenting on opinion, political and environmental stories.
Bacon said he comments on the Sun site because of the community-like feel and social interaction. Although he may not always agree with all of the site’s commenters, Bacon said they do bring facts to light that he might not have been aware of. Commenters don’t know one another’s real names, but regulars do know each other, Bacon said, thanks to the Sun website’s community feel.
Bacon admits he is a bit of an exhibitionist and enjoys commenting because people are reading and may change their opinions as a result of his comments.
Boris Radtke (BorisR)
Boris Radtke checks in with the Las Vegas Sun website from more than 6,000 miles away. The 42-year-old casino employee resides in Mendrisio, Switzerland, but has had an interest in Las Vegas since visiting as a child more than 30 years ago.
Radtke frequents Las Vegas twice a year for two to three weeks at a time, and has done so for more than 20 years. He follows gaming news closely on the Sun site, examining and commenting on stories that may affect his next visit. He said he reads other comments to learn from Las Vegas locals so he can make his next visit more valuable.
Radtke said the Sun site is a great tool to feel closer to Las Vegas from halfway around the world.
Tim Lomprey (getalife)
As someone who has lived in Las Vegas his entire life, Tim Lomprey might know the city better than most Las Vegas Sun commenters. The 47-year-old is a graduate of Basic High School and continues to live and work in the town he grew up in.
Lomprey comments on topics including politics, gay marriage and any other stories on the Sun website that pique his interest. His work usually takes him on the road, so Lomprey said he often uses the Sun mobile site to check in on the daily happenings in Las Vegas.
Though he often disagrees with other commenters and classifies himself as a “middle-of-the-road kind of guy” when it comes to politics, Lomprey feels the Sun forum is very balanced. The Sun website allows him to express his own opinions and still learn from others, he said.