Websites Start Cracking Down on Nasty Comments
Editors seek to create less open but more welcoming environment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2010 9:37 AM CDT
Editors say that the hostile environment can often turn people off commenting on their websites.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Should people who comment on blogs and news websites be allowed to say whatever they want? For a growing number of editors, the answer is no. Many sites—realizing that discussion on almost any subject can all too often degenerate into personal attacks—are ditching the anything-goes attitude and trying to cut down on the nastiness that can turn users away from online discussions, NPR reports.

Some sites are choosing to eliminate comment sections altogether and are instead, much like newspapers, publishing only selected letters to the editor. Others say exchanges with readers are far too valuable to do away with and are seeking to clean up their comments sections and create a less hostile environment either by using software or by having an actual human monitor and take part in the discussions.