By: Bob Crider | Yakima Herald-Republic
The world of commenting at yakimaherald.com is about to change. The system we established in 2008 to foster conversations between the newspaper’s readers, our website’s visitors and ourselves has too often resulted in ugly, nasty or meaningless dialogue.
This is not unique among media companies. Newspapers, broadcasters and Internet news outlets have struggled to maintain a balance between unfettered discourse and civility. But once granted the cloak of anonymity — and with that the freedom from accountability — some people will write things they wouldn’t dare say if their identities were known.