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Washington Post cracks down on bad comments

The Washington Post
Editor for interactivity and community Jon DeNunzio announces a new approach to comment moderation at washingtonpost.com, aimed at fostering “smarter, livelier and more civil conversations.” The Post will be more aggressive about banning low-quality commenters, deleting any name-calling and insults, and eliminating the trolls who try “to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations.” There is positive reinforcement coming as well: More badges for good commenters and more Post reporters posting comments. || Earlier: New York Times overhauls comment system, grants privileges to trusted readers (Poynter) | How badges help news websites (Poynter) | Browse other coverage of website commenting trends and studies. Read more

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How badges help news websites build community, make money

Badges are a potentially powerful tool for understanding a news audience and shaping its behavior.

Just like the military uses badges to display rank, and scouts use them to honor accomplishments, a news site or mobile app can award digital badges to users who complete tasks or reach certain levels of engagement.

The Huffington Post offers badges for connecting with other users, moderating comments and other useful behaviors.

The Huffington Post uses badges in its “social news” system to encourage users to follow each other, share stories and flag inappropriate comments. Mashable awards badges to users who share content and subscribe to news topics. Just recently, Google News added a simple badge system to track the subjects a user reads frequently.

Badges can serve many purposes, but the biggest is to help a news organization define and grow its relationship with each reader. Those reader relationships are the most valuable assets of your business. Read more

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