Tuesday: Building A Better Online Comment Section | St. Louis Public Radio

Tuesday: Building A Better Online Comment Section

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” over the noon hour Tuesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch unveiled a new online comment system. Declaring its old Facebook-based model “broken,” the daily newspaper explained that community moderation and a scoring system for commenters would give greater prominence to readers who “consistently drive positive conversation.”

On Tuesday, Post-Dispatch reader engagement editor Beth O’Malley will join us in studio on St. Louis on the Air to discuss how the new system is working – and the difficulties of keeping online conversation civil in this angry age. Lindsay Toler, the digital engagement producer for St. Louis Public Radio, will also join the show. She’ll explain why the station did away with comments on its website and discuss some alternative sources of listener feedback it’s now cultivating. 

Have a question or comment about online comment sections? Tweet us (@STLonAir), send an email to talk@stlpublicradio.org or share your thoughts via our St. Louis on the Air Facebook group, and help inform our coverage.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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