Here’s our deal: If you leave a civil comment, we’ll pay attention to it

If there was a Billboard Top 10 for journalism hot topics, the discussion on online comments on news sites would have gone platinum several times over.

There’s a new round of debate, discussion and general consternation this spring.

The Yakima Herald-Republic shut down its commenting system just over 10 days ago and will come back in July with a system that requires real names.

Deirdre Edgar, readers’ representative of the Los Angeles Times, had piece on June 10 headlined “Our goal of civility is falling short.”

Edgar explains of the measures The L.A. Times and other newspapers are taking to better manage comments while continuing to allow them. But she included a line from an email from Op-Ed columnist Patt Morrison. who said:”Personally, I think most comments were of a higher quality when they required pen, paper and a stamp.”

The Boston Globe is joining a growing number of news sites that are outsourcing some pieces of comment management.

The Associated Press Managing Editors circulated a survey last week to newsroom leaders seeking feedback on online comments.

Here’s a roundup of recent articles and discussion on comments.

Here’s my complete list of nearly 150 bookmarks about online comments.

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Did you catch Owle, Dipity and Elph at Bonnaroo?

Bonnaroo 2011

Owle, Dipity and Elph are not bands that did secret shows at the Bonnarroo festival a week ago in Manchester, Tenn. They are some of the tools that Knoxville News Sentinel visuals eidtor Jigsha Desai used to cover the massive music festival.

She blogs about the various tools she used and how they worked.

As smartphones continue to innovate, we’ll soon be covering all the
news with a simple small device. Amazing times. And an amazing Bonnaroo
experience.

Photo by Jigsha Desai.

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The image of the Tennessee Legislature is growing more frightening and distressing

Did the TN legislature become the first living brain donors? http://t.co/F4ae3qb | cc @jacklail @jeffjarvis #photogSat Jun 11 18:23:36 via web


Michael Silence has a roundup of reaction to a new Tennessee law that outlaws images that, well, you might find “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress.”

The drafters of the bill were apparently hoping to update the statutes regarding cyber bullying, which laudable, but many commentators on the new law say it went too far and is unconstitutional.

Cari Wade Gervin says take a deep breath, it’s not you won’t run afoul of the law unless you’re a “crazy creepy cyberstalker.”

I doubt we’ll have to wait long to find the first person to run afoul of this. Frankly, quite a few Faceobook profile pics frighten me.

This is the same Legislature that made sharing Netflix passwords illegal.Thankfully, lawmakers are out of sessions and can’t pass any more bills to fix the Internet for awhile.

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