Those Who Cannot Remember The Online Past Are Condemned To Repeat It

Using the Online News Association’s discussion list, Jon Garfunkel of noted how the Ventura County Star has temporarily had to shutdown its online forums because (The Los Angeles Times reported[note: registration site]) of uncivil postings. Garfunkel asked: “Wouldn’t it be handy if there were resources available to summarize best practices with news-site commenting techniques?” Every three of four years the topic of cacophony in unmoderated, anonymous discussion forums run by news organization arises. It was much discussed and analyzed in the pre-Web days when those forums operated under the umbrellas of CompuServe, America Online, Prodigy, and other (no pun […]