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Comment on ESPN.com....through facebook

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by gravehunter, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    All comments to ESPN.com stories will have to be made on facebook. Here is the notice that is being posted on the site:
    Effective July 17, ESPN will be transitioning all conversations to Facebook comments. At that time a Facebook account will be required to post comments on new articles. Previous comments and conversations will be closed to comment but can still be viewed.
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Heard about this happening elsewhere. Makes people more accountable for their comments. I say it's a good thing.
  3. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Agree. It will cut down on comments dramatically, but 95 percent of the comments you'll lose are ones you won't miss anyway.

    The fact that you'll lose the drive-by assholes chiming in with their pithy little hilarious contests about who can be the biggest douchebag is not a negative, IMO. And that goes for newspapers who have gone to Facebook commenting, as well.
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    You don't lose that. Maybe you cut down on it. But it's still the dominant form of comment.
  5. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Agree. It's in fact shocking to me how many people still act like an asshole - or don't realize how much of an asshole they are - when they're using their real name.
  6. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Good thing you can't just up and create a fake Facebook profile and use that to comment on sites.
  7. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    That's a pain in the ass, and Facebook eventually will delete a fake account.

    The entire idea is to make commenting anonymously difficult, not to stop it entirely. Give people hoops to jump through, and most won't.
  8. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Can we switch to FB comments here? I'd love to get rid of a few of you!! :D :D
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Papers really missed the boat on not charging a nickel or a dime or whatever for comments. Hey, lunatics, want to rant on every story? Carry on an argument with another anonymous lunatic? No problem, leave a credit card number and the floor is yours.

    ESPN.com could have made even more money off all the tools who love seeing their (fake) name on their site.
  10. Rawbot

    Rawbot Member

    We transitioned to Facebook-linked comments about 1.5 years ago, and it hasn't kept the crazies away at all. Once you reach a certain level of crazy, there's rarely any level of shame involved anyway, so anonymity isn't really much of a concern for a lot of folks.
  11. DK

    DK Member

    I can now rest easy this morning knowing that dozens upon dozens of Facebook accounts named Danny Noonan and Judge Smails are all legitimate.
  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Has Facebook changed it's policy? For the first five years, fake accounts were deleted. It sometimes took months.
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