The online journalism world has been atwitter about comments on blogs, following on the Washington Post website’s decision to stop accepting comments to its Post.Blog. That happened after the Post’s ombudswoman Deborah Howell didn’t come clean on her comment about indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff giving money to Democrats as well as Republicans. Washingtonpost.com even convened an online panel to discuss the issue of “Interactivity Ethics.” I’ll be commenting more fully on the whole affair in a longer post to come, but I’m curious what you think about how blog comments — or any online forum — should be moderated. Should they require someone to read them first (meaning me)? Should they require a valid email address from you? Should they require no oversight at all? Tell me what you think, and I’ll compile the best responses next week in the Your Take Roundup.
How much oversight do online forums, blog comments need?
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