CFN – In a not so surprising move the Standard Freeholder today announced that it would no longer allow comments for local stories.
Comments are a huge topic for media. On the positive they can truly move a story forward and add valuable debate and information. On the negative they can tend to turn into online pissing matches, many times over shadowed by anonymous trolls.
CFN itself has considered dropping online comments, but has instead changed to a system of more stringent moderation and asking viewers to post their first and last names as well as an email that can return email.
It’s not perfect and we chose to “Grand Father” a select group of long time commentators who have registered their id’s with us.
Until there is a true system that can register who really is typing behind the keyboard any comment system will be difficult, but we feel that the community’s voice, especially on local issues it critical to having any form of democracy practiced in a community.
It’s part of being a local independent instead of being a cog in a much larger omnipotent massive media conglomeration.
So Cornwall and Canada you still will get to post on CFN. You don’t get to post anonymously and we still ask you to stay on topic and try to limit your comment to one paragraph.
Personally I find not allowing comments a form of censorship. As someone that has moderated CFN for six years there are days I would find no comments very attractive. Ultimately the public will decide if they stay by the feedback we get and the quality of comments we see come in.
We also would like to ask you to consider becoming a subscriber because the man hours to moderate comments on over 20 million page views per year can be massive. Currently there are 55,542 approved comments on CFN.
So to Furtz, and Hugger, Jules, and our many regulars as well as many of you who will be Jonesing for a place to vent please consider supporting the local paper that supports you in so many ways.
Cheers and thanks,
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – CFN