Nancy Barnes: Reader comments open way to freewheeling debate

  • Article by: NANCY BARNES , Star Tribune Editor
  • Updated: July 16, 2008 - 12:47 PM

Some stories, though, seem to attract an unfortunate level of hate speech directed at minority or ethnic groups.

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F10028Jul. 16, 08 6:14 PM

Now I understand why some stories don't allow for comments and I agree with your decision. As a Black woman, some of the comments on other stories have made me very uncomfortable. Thank you for the explanation.

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digalvinJul. 17, 0810:21 AM

At least the thing is appropriately named, "comments" not "discussion". These comment areas are consistently and continually hijacked by dittos and dopes. The "vote" idea is worthless & meaningless. The entire area seems to be unmonitored and barely self-policed. Unless STrib is getting paid by the "eyeball" as counted by comments & votes, I think the entire experiment in interactive readership needs to be shut down as a waste of electricity, bandwidth and the cost of the part-time staffer running it. IF it is a revenue source via counting of visits and hits, then I wish you would admit it. We need STrib to be a news source not an entertainment venue or display for the ignorance and biases of our fellow citizens. That's what night-time TV is for. Welcome to the race to the bottom of least common denominator.

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JoshuaRobsonJul. 17, 0810:32 AM

Everyone who comments on stories should have to use their real name. No sniping from behind the safety of an alias. It'll never work, but it's a nice thought.

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dachieftanJul. 17, 08 6:37 PM

This is as grass roots as it gets. It is refreshing to read what people really are feeling rather than what they have been told to feel or else the PC police will sanction. Thank you for supporting free speech.

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spicebearJul. 17, 08 8:10 PM

Use the "flag" feature if you think a comment is out of line. Better yet, confront the ignorance with your own post AND flag 'em! I am not in favor of using our real names. I live/work in a smallish town and try to avoid fights.

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laynerJul. 20, 0810:56 AM

Typical of the Red Star to choose which subject matters it finds too controversial or touchy (someone's feelings might get hurt!!) to allow posters to comment on. And in true Red Star fashion - it chooses to limit speech on subject matters that it has notoriously worked hard to avoid talking about (unless it is about hate crimes that whites may or may not have done to other races. What are you afraid of Nancy? You 1st amendment fraud.

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