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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 4:30 am

NEW YORK — Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse. Some sites, such as Popular Science, are banning comments altogether.

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      5 comments:

      • wilcfry posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Jan 1, 2014.

        wilcfry Posts: 92

        As others have said, most of us would welcome the removal of the worst of the comments. But in real life, it usually works out that the moderators just rule their little worlds with an iron fist and delete anything that they don't agree with, which is sad.

        Some people have a hard time distinguishing between "hateful" and "different from me".

         
      • Viktor posted at 10:18 pm on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

        Viktor Posts: 316

        That site Prideworks mentions has tons of trash talk moderated by an individual that presumes to be the kingpin of all that should be discussed according to a chosen few. Vicious comments shouldn't be tolerated but when open discussion has to be moderated (especially on city matters that are of public concern) then one can only conclude that the moderators just don't want dirty laundry being aired for public scrutiny. Besides a site with the same individuals posting the same line of thought over and over is mundane & redundant. More should use the KDH comment section since it is the hometown newspaper.

         
      • prideworks posted at 11:51 am on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

        prideworks Posts: 2

        By the way, as with any poster, my previous post is my opinion...: >

         
      • prideworks posted at 10:45 am on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

        prideworks Posts: 2

        These actions are sooooooooooooo long overdue. KDH has had to deal with this issue in the past when many(not all) now members of "CenTexTalk.com" became so vicious in their comments that they had to shut their comment site down altogether.
        Moderation is a thankless task; yet so important so that positive debate and discussion can take place. Posters must accept the fact that; yes, it's possible that what they feel is an important comment may be nixed because the moderator feel's it is out of line. A huge part of the comment community has the entitlement attitude.

         
      • Bubba posted at 7:51 am on Sun, Dec 29, 2013.

        Bubba Posts: 602

        They certainly have the right, and perhaps the duty, to block unprotected speech.

        The problem is when they block comments with which they only disagree, constructively squelching free speech.

         

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