Posts Tagged ‘Neil Swidey’


Who the anonymice are

For the Boston Globe’s Sunday magazine, Neil Swidey looked at the people who post anonymously at Boston.com.

Is posting after stories a fun, lively outlet for outspoken people?

Or a haven for the brash and insensitive?

If you think one way or the other, or somewhere in between, this might be the most telling detail in the story: In one day, Boston.com had to examine 1,330 comments flagged as possibly being over the line (whatever that line is).

Does your newspaper have the staff and time to police hundreds or thousands of comments a day to weed out the sludge? Isn’t that a waste of everyone’s time?

Remember, the 1,330 were only the comments that were flagged.

And that’s at one point in time. The cesspool under each each story has the potential to grow all day, every day.

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