Social Media, blogs, and Internet self-publishing have unleashed the public as editor-in-chief of their own comment section for online media. Much changed from the newspaper one-way push publication of the past, the new media forces editorial-based traditional media to create new policies for dealing with those blankety-blank comments authored by unfiltered sources.
Whole new PR practices like Online Reputation Management spring from this social phenomenon. Rude behavior is on the rise for some reason as discussed in major media like Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Here’s an email on such publication just sent to all “Commenters” on their website–just in case “yo mamma” didn’t train you right:
“Dear DeseretNews.com Commenters,
We are grateful to each of you who participate in on-topic and engaging conversations on the DeseretNews.com comment boards.
Many comments are civil and add insight and perspective to the content we publish online. Some comments are less civil than others. And even though a moderator approves every comment before it’s published, we occasionally let a comment through that violates our own guidelines.
A new beginning
Our primary New Year’s resolution for DeseretNews.com is to encourage civility.
To that end, today marks a new beginning for the DeseretNews.com comment boards. We have revised our comment standards and guidelines and conducted additional training with our moderators.
Our refined comment policies clearly explain how we expect civility to endure. Please take time to familiarize yourself with them.
We have some great things planned for our comment boards this year. We look forward to your continuing participation.
See you in the comments,
General Manager, DeseretNews.com”
The lighter side: http://rhymeswithorange.com/comics/january-21-2014/Share