Allowing anonymous commenting on online newspapers are like leaving the shotgun cabinet open, according to Jason Preston. Lately there’s been much commenting about commenting on news. Kristne Løwe now asks how journalists are coping with readers comments.
Personally I’ve never understood the point of allowing anonymous commenting. If everyone is identified (more or less) and the journalists themselves take part in their own conversations online, I see no reason why the trolls should dominate the conversation. Setting the tone and standard, as well as policing the conversation by excluding the ones that doesn’t behave, would be the tasks of a journalist who feels responsible for the conversations she initiate.
This isn’t rocket science as some seem to think, ’cause we already have some experience. Personal blogs are rarely victims of the trolls. Why is that? Because they require registration (in some form) and they are policed by the author(s). But then again, bloggers are blogging in order to converse with their readers. The conversation isn’t some unwanted consequense of the articles – it is their main purpose.
So maybe the trolls are not the main problem, maybe the journalists and the media are? In order to get good comments you need to garden the good and valued voices, and at the same time remove those who doesn’t add value to the conversation about the medium.
Just because it’s on the internet, doesn’t make it all automated. Talking to people is still «manual labour». So get of your arse and start talking
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