Post-Record unveils new website commenting system

Posting comments will require a Facebook account

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Today the Post-Record will launch a new commenting system on its website to improve the reader experience and encourage community members to join the conversation. All readers who wish to comment on stories must now use their real name and post their remarks with a Facebook account.

The goal of the change is to bring accountability to website article comments, while also encouraging thoughtful and critical discussion about local topics and items of interest. The concept is similar to what is demanded by letters to the editor in the print edition, which require the author’s name for publication.

Commenters can choose to share their thoughts on local issues with their Facebook friends by posting comments to their walls. Other readers will see the comment on, but the commenter’s profile information will not be visible, depending on his or her Facebook privacy settings.

The Post-Record will continue to moderate comments, and will remove those that don’t meet community discussion guidelines. Commenters using fake Facebook accounts and/or names to comment or violate community guidelines will be banned.

Once the changeover to Facebook based commenting takes place, comments made on past articles using the previous system will no longer be visible on the website.