Today we launch new tools on our Web site that are just for you, our readers. Publish Your Stuff lets you start your own blog and share your photos -- but the biggest change is comments on stories.
Today we launch new tools on our Web site that are just for you, our readers.
Publish Your Stuff lets you start your own blog and share your photos -- but the biggest change is comments on stories.
EastValleyTribune.com gave readers the ability to comment – anonymously - on stories, starting early this year. And boy, the comments pour in every day. Sometimes they are enlightening and add to the story. Sometimes they are just plain mean and offensive.
Starting today, readers must be a member of the site to post comments. That means you need to register once – it’s free and fast.
Readers can still guard their true identity and use a special “username” when posting comments. But a valid, verifiable e-mail address is required. Fill out a simple form, and set up a profile page. Your profile page displays all of your contributions, and allows you to track issues and easily connect with others.
If you always wanted to try your own blog, we’ve got a quick, easy solution to get you going immediately. Look for Publish Your Stuff on the right side of our home page at www.eastvalleytribune.com.
These new features are designed to give greater access to your views and a greater sense of accountability in the online communities we are building. Please take them for a test drive.
The new “comments” feature also gives us better tools to banish those who spew off-topic and sometimes hateful bile. Those kinds of comments violate our user agreement.
How? Readers can click “Report Abuse” when comments break the rules. Offenders will have their accounts suspended and moved to the “not welcome” filter.
The whole point of online discussion at a news site is to debate the issues. We hope people will join the discussions and add to the conversation because they care about what’s happening.
The new tools are more than just a better discussion board. They help readers become better connected to the community. At our sister newspaper in California, the Orange County Register, readers used blogs, photos, and friends-networks to swap information about the October wildfires. We believe one of the first good uses of these new tools will be to give readers a place to share information about the rapist stalking young women in Chandler.¬