On Thursday, June 27, neagle.com will launch a new set of social and interactive features underneath online articles. Our goal is to enhance the experience by giving readers new ways to interact with each other, share opinions and engage with the news.
Another goal is to continue to make commenting less anonymous, which we hope will make readers think twice about posting inflammatory, hateful or objectionable content, thereby increasing the level of civility on the website.
Comments submitted in the old Facebook system will remain, and users can continue to add to them. The new commenting system will appear on all new stories beginning Thursday, requiring users to sign up for a new account to discuss new articles.
New commenting accounts can be created using an existing Facebook or LinkedIn account. Users who don't have one of those accounts can go to Facebook or LinkedIn right now to create a profile that can be connected to a commenting account. Look for the "Sign up" link on the new comment boards under articles.
In an attempt to move away from the anonymous nature of our previous commenting system, we'd like people to have their real identities associated with their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. If we detect a Facebook or LinkedIn account that is created with a fake name, we will disable the associated commenting account.
Once readers are signed up and logged in, here are a few of the new features they will find:
* In addition to plain text comments, users can attach a photo or video to illustrate their post. Photo and video submissions are subject to moderation before appearing.
* Readers have the option to "like" other comments they see. The commenting system uses "likes" to determine the most popular comments and commenters. Readers will have the opportunity to filter and sort comment boards so the most-liked posts appear at the top, leaving the least-liked comments at the bottom.
* Writers have the ability to reply to a specific comment in a thread, helping readers keep better track of all the conversations happening within the same topic.
* With just two clicks, readers can share comments they write or read to their own Facebook timeline, Twitter feed or e-mail.
* Readers can follow the action on a specific comment board by signing up for email notifications. Email will be sent when other writers add posts to the article that interests them.
A few other points:
* Readers who see a comment that is objectionable can click the "Flag" link, which will alert a moderator who will review the comment and remove it if necessary.
* We will continue to suspend or disable the accounts of users who can't keep it clean and be civil.
* We will continue to disable the commenting feature on stories where a discussion isn't productive. The topics include crimes, deaths and other sensitive subjects, along with articles where moderators are deleting a majority of the comments because of incivility.
Page 2 of 2 - If you have questions about the new commenting system, contact Peter Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.