We’ve shortened the commenting window, removed downvotes and made a few other adjustments to improve the quality of discussion on Berkeleyside.
A new year: Time for a reset on Berkeleyside comments
Our team is committed to a variety of new efforts in 2021 to improve the quality of comments on our site. We’re excited to share them with you now.
Love ’em or hate ’em: Let us know what you think of our comments section
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We need you to help us improve Berkeleyside comments
Help us make our comments better and get a chance to win a Sweet Adeline Bakeshop gift certificate. Photo: THOR As news organizations around the country continue to grapple with the tenor of their comments sections, we at Berkeleyside are turning to you, our readers, to help us increase the civility and relevance of the vital community voices on our site. […]
Help us keep comments on Berkeleyside civil
Photo: THOR In the five years since we launched Berkeleyside, our stories have drawn more than 100,000 comments (109,310 at time of writing), and the vast majority have been a compelling part of the conversation we want to encourage in Berkeley about critical issues. Comments often offer thoughtful opinions and can provide valuable new information that deepens other readers’ understanding of […]
Commenting on Berkeleyside: A new approach
Media organizations everywhere are wrestling with how to create vibrant, civil online comments sections. Today Berkeleyside launches a new approach. Photo: THOR Recently, in a New York Times Magazine article about online commenting, writer Michael Erard suggested comments might be “the most obnoxious development of the Web, the wild back alleys where people sound their […]