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Typical attitude toward cyclists around here

Road Runner

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The online commenting on news stories has left me extremely frustrated. Commenters don't have to own their words if they are granted anonymity, so the statements are far more extreme, far more venomous than if they had been signed or stated face to face.

A few years ago, the chain of papers which includes mine changed its commenting policy. All comments must be posted through a Facebook account and the account must be for an actual person. Jake Smith can post comments, but True Believer will have his or her comments deleted. (And if I discover Jake Smith is a fake name, those comments will be pulled also.)

Since going this route, the volume of comments has dropped significantly, but the quality of the comments went way up.

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