A roundup of what we heard this week from users.
Thanks to all who posted their thoughts on what their top 3 rules would be for commenting.
Here’s how it seemed to boil down: Respect for other posters was the No. 1 priority. That was followed by variations of staying on topic; not dominating the conversation; and of course, don’t post anything libelous and/or slanderous.
Of debate: How to report violations? In the Pilotonline.com example we showed earlier, the site allowed commenters to flag comments for violation. But there seems to be debate on whether this should be a moderator’s responsibility instead.
In a system where comments are automatically approved, like pilotonline.com’s, it might be helpful if commenters could flag comments they thought violated standards and policy. It would be a nice backup for moderators. However, it could be easy to abuse the system, too.
Have you ever flagged another commenter’s comments? How did that process go?
How you share:
It was interesting to discover how sharing differs on different platforms.
For instance, our commenters seem more likely to use the share functions on stories from mobile devices than they would on desktops. This is because it’s easier to cut and paste a link on a computer than on mobile devices.
And sending direct links seems to increase the chances that a story will be read, mostly because the sender typically sends links that they know the receiver will be interested in. This makes sense.
Stories shared on Facebook and Twitter are treated a little more like news wires … you might read it when you scroll through your updates, but it’s of secondary interest.
Check back next week for a poll on sharing preferences.
News of the day
We know some of you have strong feelings about using your Facebook profile to comment. Turns out The Daily Progress in Charlottesville just changed its commenting system to tie into Facebook accounts. An excerpt:
“Beginning Thursday, there will be no more anonymous comments on DailyProgress.com.
We are integrating Facebook’s commenting abilities with DailyProgress.com, so with one username and password, you can share your comments on both websites. Your name and Facebook photo will appear next to your comments. …
With this move to Facebook comments, we’re keeping the conversation honest and real. We wouldn’t run a letter to the editor without identifying the writer. Now, the rules will be the same online.”