Another Newspaper Makes the Right Move on Message Boards

by Dan Ward

Kudos to the Northwest Florida Daily News in Florida’s Panhandle for addressing the concerns of many (myself included) about hateful message board comments that are cloaked in anonymity.

I was reading an article in that paper this morning, and saw this message to readers:

Reader Comments

From the editor: Many of you have expressed concerns about some of the harsh anonymous comments from readers. To remedy that, we are introducing new features. You can create your own blog, publish your news and share your photos with the community. Once you fill out a simple form and leave a verifiable e-mail address, you can set up your profile page. It will display all of your contributions and allow you to track issues and easily connect with others.

We want our site to be a place where people discuss and debate ideas that foster stronger communities. We built this for you. Please take care of it. Tolerate broad thinking, but take action against obscene or hateful material. Make it a credible and safe place worth preserving and sharing.

That last paragraph should be required reading for newspaper executives.

2 Responses to Another Newspaper Makes the Right Move on Message Boards

  1. lunaculun says:

    Fortune and love favor the brave.


  2. […] so all sense of decency is often lost.  Many news organizations are seeing the light, and either eliminating the anonymity or removing message boards […]

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