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We moderate the comments on site and respond to complaints, but we do not prescreen the comments before they go up. With more than 2,700 comments posted every day, we don't want to slow the conversations down.
The updated comments system will be implemented on Monday, March 18.
In terms of keeping conversations both free-flowing and respectful, persistent identity works. The Disqus folks even have data that indicate comments made by pseudonymous posters are rated higher than from those who use their real Facebook identities.
Still not convinced there is a useful blade of grass in the online comments pasture? That's OK. Just read The Tribune's award-winning journalism, and you can start your own stimulating conversations anywhere.
Tim Fitzpatrick is Deputy Editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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