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Reader responses

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Tom Petty, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    Reader responses posted at the bottom of stories on the Internet ... your thoughts?
  2. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    they're never positive, but whatever. They like to be heard.
  3. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    In the last few days, I've found it to be quite annoying. :-\
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    The same rules should apply to this as to the letters we run in the paper. Sign your name, no libel, we should remove anything we know to be factually incorrect.
  5. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    I agree 100 percent. I like the idea of the quick response -- people are too lazy to register -- but there needs to be some accountability w/ these things. At the very least a valid email address.
  6. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Maybe they could use anonymous screen names.
  7. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i guess writers could as well.

    when you read my next column in the drippydick press, please don't come back here and tell everyone where tom petty works.
  8. Crimson Tide

    Crimson Tide Member

    Everybody is an expert and could do our jobs better.
  9. patchs

    patchs Active Member

    I check those things on my paper's site and you can track them down by their IP address.
    We don't put anything on that is libelous or a cheap shot.
    Other than that, almost anything goes.
  10. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Shit, if we got rid of the cheap shots, we'd have nothing at all.
    The QB of the team I cover took it up the poopshoot for damn near three weeks because fans were pissed about a season-opening loss.
  11. ogre

    ogre Member

    IMO, this is one of the smartest uses of the internet newspapers have come up with. I would much rather someone harp on an article online than make that phone call. Plus, it is fun to see people argue with each other, almost forget about the article itself.
    Anything that makes readers think we care about their opinion, value their point of view, accept their input or give them a voice, keeps them coming back.

    Although, this could also push people to never pick up the print edition...
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