Let’s give reader comments another chance — and for real, this time
Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Excellent piece!

Along with fake news I’d been wondering if there were many comment trolls (usually extreme right) who post to publications like the LA Times and Washington Post, The Hill; The Rolling Stone even has some nasty extreme right.

Literally I’d thought it was a movement meant to influence readers. Publications you’d think might have more middle readers having extreme right wasn’t making sense.

The NYT seems to do a great job moderating comments up till now; however they’ve hired Google to help them to moderate, which I think is an unfortunate decision.

Your suggestions are very helpful. I think people should use their names and if there are extreme/nasty comments there should be a way to find out if they are from “real” people/vs “fake” as in fake news.

Yes, this means an investment by publishers to make concerted efforts to engage their reading public, pre-publication and post.

When you learn more than the writer even had intended by reading a comment it’s an added benefit for everyone.

Hope your article is widely read.

Also want you to know there are others out there who read but are not on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter…I’d stopped reading Huffpost because you have to be on Facebook to Comment. And I was very disappointed that NPR halted comments. Maybe I’d posted a couple over the years, however I’d read many comments.

Like you stated, some are more contribution, than comment.


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