How tightly moderated should online comments be? And how can news outlets cope with the huge numbers of comments? LA Times columnist James Rainey suggests people should use their real names when commenting.
It seems long past time for reputable news sites to clamp down on the gutter talk. Otherwise the open-door policy at npr.org, latimes.com and many other sites drives down the quality of the conversation and alienates the kind of thoughtful guests that make the party worth coming to in the first place.