NY Times to Allow Unfiltered Comments on Website from “Trusted” Readers

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ny-timesThe following appears on the New York Times website:

A Note to Our Readers About Comments: Today we are introducing enhancements to our comment system to improve the community experience across NYTimes.com.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is an entirely new design, which for the first time brings our readers’ comments onto the same page as the article or blog post. This improves the old system, which relegated them to a separate page.

We are also adding new functions. Comments are now threaded, giving readers the ability to respond to one another. In addition, we’ve added tie-ins to social media: comments, both yours and others’, can now be shared to Twitter and Facebook.

And finally, we are introducing a program for “trusted” commenters — those who have maintained a history of posting outstanding comments on the site. Submissions from these members of our community will not be moderated in advance. Trusted commenter status is offered by invitation only. (Read more about this program.)

We look forward to hearing from you. Please leave your reactions and questions about the new system in the thread below. We’ll do our best to respond to as many as possible.

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor

{NY Times/Matzav.com Newscenter}

6 COMMENTS

  1. Coincidentally, only very liberal commenters and those who are hired guns of liberal political campaigns will be the ones getting these “trusted” statuses. Any serious and coherent objection to the hired-guns assertions and PR will have to be “moderated”.

    That’s the new york times for you

  2. ” Any serious and coherent objection to the hired-guns assertions and PR will have to be “moderated”.”

    Do you know that for a tested and proven fact, or are you just taking advantage of http://www.matzav.com‘s liberality and merely shooting your mouth off?

  3. I respectfully request that everyone join my long-standing boycott of the anti-Jewish/anti-Israel New York Times.

    As Jewish philanthropist Sam Zell (chairman of the Chicago Tribune) said in an interview: when he would read the NY Times, he could not distinguish between the news pages and the editorial pages.

    FYI, most members of the Sulzberger family — owners of the NY Times — have deserted the Jewish religion and become Episcopalians.

  4. “FYI, most members of the Sulzberger family — owners of the NY Times — have deserted the Jewish religion and become Episcopalians.”

    Kindly explain how that assertion is relevant to the matter in hand.

  5. On comments:

    Serious news/editorial outlets should allow readers to comment and express divergent views. It is my opinion than pseudonyms should not be allowed, as this encourages immoderate expression and ad hominem attacks, which are no substitute for views that the readership has “signed it’s name” to.

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