The why and how of a real names policy on comments

(Blog Post) If you run a online news site, you should allow users to comment on posts. And if you allow comments, you should require users to register with their real names. Full Story »

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Dan Kennedy
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by Dan Kennedy - Apr. 3, 2010

A thoughtful essay by the publisher of the Batavian, a well-regarded community news site, on why he believes that real names should be required in online comments to news stories.This should be must reading for every news-site owner and blogger.

Allowing anonymous comments but strictly moderating them is another way of encouraging civil conversation. The New Haven Independent has had some success with that policy, and I have posted it in the Links.

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