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December 5, 2009 11:18 PM Subscribe
"Publishing anonymous, unvetted, and unreviewed commentary online
posted by Ouisch (59 comments total)
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is hugely divergent from the policies of [mainstream media] publications' print editions. It's a different kettle of fish, one that can stink for the publishers. Indeed, those publishers and their new-media managers are being reckless."
However -- "I am writing in defense of the anonymous, unmoderated, often appallingly inaccurate, sometimes profane, frequently off point and occasionally racist reader comments that washingtonpost.com allows."
A 2006 study observed that readers prefered to participate on sites with moderated comment threads. A 2008 survey further indicated that readers were slightly in favour of commenting anonymously, while editors were less enthusiastic about the practice.