Web Sites Trying To Nix Those Nasty Comments

Many things have changed about the Internet over the years, but one thing that never seems to change is the ugliness of anonymous comments on virtually any Web site that allows unmoderated discussions. Now though, some mainstream Web sites have had enough, and are trying to find ways to eliminate vicious and vulgar rhetoric, even if that means banning comments altogether.

There is a big difference between someone using swear words or disagreeing with another commenter and someone who is using the comments section to spew hate, post libelous personal insults or other equally offensive remarks. Comments that cross the line of decency have been hurting some Web sites, making it all the more important to solve the problem.

A Difficult Decision

All Web sites, whether for serious news articles or silly cat videos, are faced with a hard decision regarding how best to rid their pages of harmful comments. While some have considered trying to fix the issue by making people use a real name when posting, others are going to more extreme measures, such as disabling comments altogether.

The problem with completely eliminating comments or heavily moderating them is that a lively and fresh discussion helps sites build community and can increase reader interest and shared information. At the same time, if too many of the comments are little more than "trolling" or spam or insults, the discussion can certainly do more harm than good.

YouTube and the Huffington Post are both trying to fix the nasty comment issue by either moderating the discussion section or by making people input a real name rather than a username. While some people thought that this would work, it seems to be having a minimal effect on the nature of the comments thus far. Realistically, it's just difficult to moderate hundreds or thousands of comments...

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