New blog feature will track future comments

On the occasion you find something interesting to read on Watching Our Water Ways, you can now stay on top of the discussion via an e-mail notice. Each time someone posts a response to that entry, you will know about it.

This new feature came about from a request by John Williams of Still Hope Productions, whose passion is to educate people about the marine environment. The Kitsap Sun’s tech guy, Brian Lewis, found an application that seems to work.

In the comments section at the bottom of each blog entry, you will see a couple of check boxes. You may choose to be notified whether or not you make a comment yourself. I like the idea that you can choose which entries to follow.

As administrator of this blog, it is not easy for me to see how this feature works. Please let me know if it works well or not. If people generally like this feature, other Kitsap Sun bloggers will probably want to add it.

6 thoughts on “New blog feature will track future comments

  1. If the Kitsap Sun blogs required contributers to use their real names, perhaps – just perhaps – a richer, more informed dialogue could be maintained. As it presently exists, the contributions too frequently degenerate to uninformed opinion and persomality attacks. Care to comment on this thought?
    Tom Nevins

  2. Tom, this topic has been around the block several times now. Especially over the past couple of years. There are points to be made on both sides. Not all of the contributors who choose to use screen names instead of their real ones, for whatever reasons, are bad contributors. Just as not all contributors who use their real names are good contributors.

    In the past two years I have seen significant progress in the quality of the postings. Especially in the “blog” comment section versus the “story” comment section. The ability to tag comments for removal option that is available to everyone is an excellent tool. A tool that has helped tone down the really off topic and offensive posts that were much more prevalent 2 or 3 years ago.

    It is getting better. It also helps when posters are more discriminatory about picking and choosing who they have discussions with and on what topics. I choose to use my real name and in my perfect blog world everyone else would as well. But I will not force that type of disclosure on others who cannot or choose not to use their real names. I will continue to monitor what they post and tag that for removal which crosses any lines.

    Colleen Smidt

  3. Well said, Colleen. I agree with your observations. I also have to say that I’ve been generally pleased with the discussion on this blog. We’ve talked about complex and divisive issues, but most writers are able to stick to facts and perceptions while avoiding name-calling and personal attacks.

    Comments on stories can be more annoying, because some people are so predictable in their terse reactions and others have trouble understanding things.

    Tom, changes in our comments policy have been made since we first started discussing this issue, but you may wish to read a discussion that started last May. The introduction explains why we don’t try to force people to use their real names.

  4. Tom’s suggestion is a typical tactic employed by ruling parties to silence dissent. I’m sure the Chinese government would agree wholeheartedly with you, Tom.

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