For ages now, we’ve encouraged online commenting on our roanoke.com blogs. We believe the best digital conversations happen around communities of interest, where commenters get to know each other and share their passion for food, sports, politics or the like.
But with the roanoke.com redesign, we wondered if we couldn’t keep the community vibe going while also allowing for conversations on stories that don’t fit neatly into our blog lineup. Could we resurrect story commenting, but manage it carefully and maintain our rules of engagement?
We’ve all seen comments run amok on other sites, with haters, shouters and trolls rendering the bottom of a story page the equivalent of a sewage-filled basement . We’ve worked hard – and invested time – here to keep that crew out by pre-screening every comment posted on our site.
That will stay the case with our new story commenting, which we’re rolling out this week. You’ll find an example on today’s breaking story about the sentencing of former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Agee. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see where you can post a comment. As with our blogs, you can post anonymously but need to sign in. You also may need to wait a bit before you see your comment approved by our editing team.
Thanks for your patience if you experience a delay. We hope you understand it’s a small price to pay for keeping roanoke.com a safe place for commenting.
So, how will this work every day? We’ll open story commenting on a few stories a day. If you’d like to suggest a thread, let us know by messaging email@example.com.
Let’s get some conversations going.