The world of online comments is a dustbin of the occasional insightful observation peppered among some of the most vile, hateful, bottom-of-the-barrel droppings of the English language, topped with snark. At least that’s been my experience.
The Star has experienced that, too, and it’s moving its commenting platform from Disqus to Facebook next week.
Explains editor Mike Fannin:
Fewer hateful and unnecessary comments (equal) a more civil conversation. We wouldn’t allow these comments in our print editions, and we have the same standards for our digital products.
Next week, The Star will take another big step forward. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 17, readers who want to comment on KansasCity.com will be required to log in using a Facebook account.
For the record, we appreciate and encourage commenting on our stories. We want a thorough discourse on important issues and topics across the board. We find interesting context and useful tips in the comments sections. Most of our users behave thoughtfully.
But a few nameless, faceless readers are poisoning the well for everyone. That’s where Facebook comes in. Facebook users generally go by their real names, and many of our readers are on Facebook already. The discussion often improves when people are using their own names.