Philly.com Will “Address Trolls” With New Commenting System

Troll, Definition E: An anonymous internet commenter who posts hateful, vitriolic messages below respectable news stories. I.E., a Philly.com commenter.

But not for long…maybe. Today, a piece in the Inquirer about internet trolling featured some home news regarding a forthcoming commenting policy.

This fall, Inquirer.com, PhillyDailyNews.com and Philly.com will roll out a new comment system to “address ongoing problems with trolls,” says Robert Cauthorn, architect of digital strategy for parent company Interstate General Media, which owns all three entities.

What exactly, that may look like, we don’t yet know. But linking up Facebook accounts with commenter profiles would be an obvious–and sensible–choice. [Inquirer]

  • Michael A

    I cannot speak about nor defend anyone who posts hateful content anywhere.

    What I can knowingly address however is the ABSURD standards the small minded-petty clerks who “monitor” philly.com Comments and then “decide” whether they are worthy of being viewed or not, apply. Arbitrary and inconsistent does not even begin to describe what they do.

    Where passion for a subject does or does not cross a line is indeed in the eyes of the reader. But many of us put energy, thought and yes passion into a response only to wait, find it was not attached to the
    article being commented on without having any idea why or why not or any recourse or accountability by the “faceless” rejectors..

    These (cumulatively) are hours of lives that cannot be regained.Some putrid or worse comments sail through, others never see the light of day.

    Philly.com in my opinion is one of the most script laden,
    advertising overloaded cluttered websites anywhere on the Internet. It is horrendous. But then again that opinion, expressed passionately by me,would never see the light of day there.

    Their definition of troll I suspect is far closer to inappropriate censorship contrary to freedom of speech and the press than anyone who has not suffered their absurd “standards” might
    suspect. They, not the alleged “trolls”, should be very afraid of eventual extinction..