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Matt Von Pinnon, Published May 09 2010

Von Pinnon: Online story comments moving to a new website

Beginning Wednesday, online story comments are moving off our newspaper website, inforum.com, and going to AreaVoices.com, another website also owned by parent company Forum Communications.

This is being done for several reasons:

Currently, comments go into a holding area until they can be viewed and approved by newsroom staff. This slows down the talk, especially at times we’re lightly staffed or really busy with other, more important matters.

The new system will have a way to report perceived violations of decorum. We’ll address those reports, but only after the comment is public.

If we have routine violators, we’ll remove their access to the site.

The commenting commandments follow:

1) Keep it civil and stay on topic.

2) No profanity, vulgarity or racial slurs.

3) No harassing others.

In the beginning of this changeover, the newsroom will determine which stories people can comment on. An area on inforum.com will contain those story headlines and, when clicked on, take commenters to the AreaVoices.com platform.

Soon, a button on each story we approve for comments will allow users to access the comments platform for that story.

It’s our hope this new system will give our commenting community a more robust experience while shielding comments from those who’d rather not take part or be exposed to them.

Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.Reach him at(701) 241-5579.