Montana Newspaper Decides To Just Delete Old Comments After People Get Upset About Plans To Reveal Their Names
from the well,-that's-one-solution dept
Now, after there was a public outcry over all of this, the newspaper has come up with what it considers to be a compromise: It will just delete all its old comments, rather than reveal who posted them (thanks to Paul Levy for making me aware of this). Then, going forward, comments will be under the new rules.
Because of certain limitations in our web site?s content management system, The Standard initially announced that unless we received requests from individual commenters for previous comments to be removed, earlier comments would as of Jan. 1 be displayed with real names.
We are concerned that such a change would not be fair to those who are either unaware of the pending change or have not contacted us.
So instead, all comments in the system as of Dec. 31 will be removed, and going forward, on Jan. 1, all new comments will be posted with real names in accordance with the Standard?s new policy.
I like how they claim that they are concerned about it, when the truth is that they seemed ready to push forward with those changes until they suddenly started getting called out for them. Either way, this response seems better than revealing everyone’s names, but still seems fairly ridiculous. It also means that a whole bunch of old comments — some of which may have been valuable — will now disappear from the newspaper’s site. Would it really have been that hard to fix their content management system instead?