This is blog has been around for 18 months and there have been a number of changes along the way. Now we’re contemplating a big one: registration.
I’ve been against this from the start because I believe newspapers shouldn’t do anything to inhibit freedom of speech. I’m also worried that people who discover this blog for the first time will leave because they don’t want to register to comment.
But as the popularity of the blog has increased, so has the trouble of controlling the comments section. Many people have e-mailed me asking for registration because they’re tired of wading through nonsensical posts.
I have spoken to the people at my paper, including the executive editor, and I can promise you a few things. We would not use anybody’s information for marketing purposes. We also aren’t out to exclude anybody (even Red Sox fans). We just want a little civilization.
Plus, you would be able to “own” the name you post under. This would also stop the people who think it’s funny to post as somebody else.
Before we make any decisions, I wanted to poll everybody to see what you think. Now, this poll isn’t binding by any means. But I want to bring your opinion into the equation.
So please participate in the poll over to the right and/or leave a comment about what you think