“Who’s your editor, Bozo the Clown?”
That’s just one of the comments that’s popped up on Philly.com lately.
Publishers across the country are talking about comments sections—how to improve them and whether they should exist at all. We know our own can get pretty scary sometimes. (And sometimes, it can be hilariously funny. Want to hear those comments? Watch the video below, featuring writers from our newsrooms.)
This week, we’re rolling out some improvements to our site, because we value input from our readers, whether it’s about our journalism or about the news of the day. And we need your help.
Philly.com frequenters will notice that all our stories now include a note reminding you of our comments policy. (Short version: No hate speech or personal attacks, please.) We also want to remind you that you can help moderate. If you see a comment that violates our policy, please flag it by clicking the flag icon in the right corner of the offending comment.
On our news stories, we’ve also added a click-through button so that you can choose whether or not you’d like to read the comments. We know that sometimes there are a lot of opinions flying around the comments section and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. We also know that there are plenty of readers who want to chat about news stories and we’re happy to provide that forum for their conversations. Our hope is that the click-through will help keep everyone a little happier.
These changes are done with a simple goal in mind: making Philly.com a more enjoyable and informative place to read and talk about Philadelphia.
Love it or hate it—tell us what you think in the comments section here.
Erica Palan is the audience engagement manager of Philly.com.