Hi Folks —
NPR has implemented a new site-wide commenting system that somewhat changes the way we'll be doing business around here. Starting this morning, you'll need to register and create a profile with npr.org before posting comments. But you can now comment on every story on NPR (not just on blog posts), recommend stories to other users, and connect with NPR staff and one another through the NPR Community hub. If you're snappy or trenchant enough, your comments may even be featured on story pages. You can read more about the changes in this column by our Digital Media editorial director Dick Meyer.
There are also changes to the way the comments on all of our blogs (including this one) will be moderated. Starting today, comments will post instantly instead of requiring administrator pre-approval. They'll be automatically filtered for certain things like foul language, and we will still reserve the right to take down comments that violate our world-famous discussion guidelines. But we'll also be counting on you, our community, to flag posts that are slanderous, inappropriate, mean, etc., if you see them before we do. (I know I don't have to remind you that that does NOT mean flagging posts because you disagree with the author's politics. Our goal here is still to foster healthy debate from a range of viewpoints.) Also, under the new system, posts will only be available for comment for seven days.
Unfortunately, the system change means you won't be able to comment on old posts (i.e. everything before this one). You will still be able to read the comments that have already been published.
Questions? Check out the NPR Community FAQ.
Thanks, everyone. We are excited about this transition and we hope you'll all adjust to it without too much pain and suffering.