Paper puts up a paywall for comments

Roy Greenslade, Jul 14, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A new business model: charging readers who want to post comments. It strikes me that this would work well for high-traffic websites. And at 99 cents a comment, you couldn't really say it is inaccessible to the whole population. Would it be equitable, though? Probably not - but newspaper letters to the editor have never been equitable. And with real names posted as well, it would certainly reduce the anonorage that fills most online news comment sections today (Anonorage =df. "anonymous rage" or "anonymous garbage", meaning hate-filed vitriolic commentary from an extremely partisan point of view, as found in newspaper websites or the in the prattle of talk radio - this is the world's first use of the term). More: Sun Chronicle/The Wall/Editors' weblog/Electric Frontier Foundation.
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