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In the latest sign that innovation is thriving in the world of online publishing, we are thrilled to announce that Tablet Magazine, a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture, is using Tinypass in an effort to improve the quality of discourse within the commenting section of its site. In a blog post, Alana Newhouse, the editor-in-chief of Tablet, explains the rationale behind the move.
…the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, sometimes allowing destructive—and, often, anonymous—individuals to drag it down with invective (and worse). Instead of shutting off comments altogether (as some outlets are starting to do), we are going to try something else: Ask those of you who’d like to comment on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. The donation rates are small because we are not looking to make money, but instead to try to create a standard of engagement likely to turn off many, if not most, of the worst offenders. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
Below are the options to participate as a commentor on Tablet.
Deservedly so, the issues surrounding online commenting attract a lot of attention. Just yesterday Neiman Lab wrote a piece that provides a number of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing community participation on the web. For our part, we are excited to be providing the tools to enable publishers to find a better path forward. Want to discuss one of your ideas to help move online publishing toward a more prosperous and sustainable future? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.