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Gawker lets us name ourselves again—the return of screen names

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“Gawker has implemented a new comment system that doesn’t ask you to link your Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb and Pinterest profiles before you comment.” How can they keep the conversation civil? Some ideas in this post from the Future Journalism Project.

 

(Published April 2012.)

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Why you should have comments, even when they are bad

Why you should have comments, even when they are bad | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Having spent part of my previous newspaper career trying to moderate comments that ran to the tens of thousands every day — from readers who wanted to make points on stories about everything from the Middle East to homosexuality — I am intimately familiar with how bad comments can get. But I also believe that having them is important. And I think Johnson and others are missing the point when they dismiss them as worthless.

 

"In fact, my argument is the exact same one that MG Siegler dismisses so quickly: I think comments are the equivalent of free speech, and that they serve a similar purpose — to keep those in power honest, and to enhance our online lives in much the same way that democracy does offline."

 

(Published April 10, 2012.) I agree with this well-reasoned column, written by Mathew Ingram.

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