The New Haven Independent brought the comments back on Monday with a new policy for keeping the discussion civil.
The online news outlet first cut off comments a few weeks ago, after less thought-provoking, and more libelous comments started to dominate the Independent’s comment boards, according to the article. With the return of the boards, patrons are now required to register a real name and email address with the website, though comments themselves can remain anonymous. Everyone also has to check a box promising they’d read the new rules for harmonious commenting. The new policy makes it the Independent’s main goal to publish those comments that provide valuable background to a piece, according to the article.
“We are, at heart, idealists,” the article states. “We will be working to create an environment in which our readers can discuss our stories and disagree with each other with civility and respect.”