They’re Back… Comments That Is!

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We’re a day late, but as promised in our earlier post when we disabled comments to provide a “cooling off” period, they’re now back with a few modifications.

First and foremost we’ve now implemented our new comment rating system. You as a reader can now give a comment a thumbs up or thumbs down. If a comment gets enough down votes, it’s hidden by default, though you can click a link and still view that comment. Posts that get enough up votes and comments with many votes in general also get highlighted.

We’ll be watching how the system performs and tweaking the numbers based on what we see happening, we expect it will take some time to get things fine tuned.

Note also that we didn’t remove any comments in this process, so now that we’ve turned the system back on all previous comments are back and available to be rated.

Second, we spent a little time thinking about our commenting policy going forward. You can read it here or from the link above the comment box on any story. We think it’s pretty straight forward but we’re happy to get your feedback and make changes as necessary.

With that, let the commenting recommence and feel free to let us know what you think.

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4 Responses to “They’re Back… Comments That Is!”
  1. Chris says:

    Hey there – trying get more members in a Nextdoor Burien group. It is free and on Facebook. I’ve started it and I’m hoping to get more to join.
    In other hoods it has been great for locating lost dogs and making others aware of issues in the hood.
    Please share in the appropriate place if this isn’t it. Thanks so much! Nextdoor is the free and private social network for your neighborhood. We’re making neighborhoods stronger and safer.

  2. WJ says:

    This repeat offender approves 😉

  3. Name (required) says:

    Bad idea. There are hundreds of other social media networks, why dilute this comment area with another venue?

  4. Greg Duff says:

    I have always been totally in favor of a free press. I believe that everyone has the right to express there opinion whether I agree with them or not. The problem with this blog is that a few people felt the need to dominate all the conversations and belittle and harass those that disagreed with them. The great thing about our country is that every opinion counts. There are no stupid comments. I hope the new format will work. Quite frankly, I enjoyed reading the blog the last few weeks without all the fighting and backstabbing that has made this forum so unpleasurable.
    I applaud Scott and the staff of the B-Town Blog for listening to our opinions.
    Thank you.

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