Changes are coming to comments on Columbiancom

first_imgThe Columbian will soon start testing a new commenting system to improve the reader experience on our website and encourage new commenters to join the conversation. In the next few weeks we will start requiring all users to comment on our stories using Facebook. This will promote the use of real names when commenting on our stories and also allow commenters to share their thoughts on local issues with their Facebook friends. Those who wish to remain anonymous will find a place to continue using their existing Columbian login in a separate forum, which we’re setting up.Read our FAQ below for more about Facebook comments and how it will affect you. We welcome your feedback and questions. Leave a comment below, or e-mail Web Editor Libby Tucker ([email protected]) or Social Media Coordinator Matt Wastradowski ([email protected]). We hope that you’ll join us in the new community.What does this mean for commenters?Anyone wishing to comment on stories will need a Facebook account. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one at Don’t worry – it’s free, quick and easy to do so.Why the switch?The new system holds commenters accountable by linking their comments to their Facebook account and, by extension, real name and face. We’ve found that comments are generally cleaner and more informative on our Facebook page than on the site. This change hopefully will dissuade some troublesome commenters and keep things relatively clean for the rest of us.Do terms of service and community guidelines still apply?Yes. Real names or not, we will continue to ask that all commenters adhere to the community discussion guidelines outlined at

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