New York Times’ New Comment System

5 Dec

The New York Times has decided to go with a new commenting system that focuses on reader participation. A commentator would earn the title “trusted commenter” by consistently getting approved comments over certain amount of time. These commentators would have their comments automatically approved to go public without the delay of going through the moderating process.

This seems like a nice idea as an attempt to build a more loyal readership as well as quality commentators. Comments sometimes do need to go through a moderator but then again this can come off as a over controlling gesture. I mean, people got to say what they got to say, especially to news. This system takes the benefits of allowing people to earn the right to freely comment while still maintaining other comments that need to be scrutinized. Overall, this seems like a win-win game.


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