About time for comment change
Re: “It’s time to reset reader remarks” (Forum, Joyce Terhaar, Oct.6): Bravo Bee! I think you’re right for once. The comment section would be a nicer place if the homophobes, state worker haters, political instigators, warmongers and general trash talkers had to post their real names.
I read where someone said they were afraid of reprisals if they had to post their real names. News flash – free speech has never been free! Actions start with ideals, ideals start with free speech. And, yes, you do have to take responsibility for the things you say as an adult.
– Diana Chamberlin, Citrus Heights
No bridge too far for trolls
Initially, I was pleased with The Bee’s decision to change its online commenting system to social media in an effort to eliminate the anonymous comments that are rude, distasteful and irrelevant. However, it became apparent within a day of this article appearing on The Bee’s Facebook page that commenters have established bogus Facebook accounts using fake names and posted to this story.
It’s clear that using the Facebook option will not likely stop those that troll online stories. The Bee can now either moderate its Facebook page for bogus accounts or better moderate its online comments. Either way, there will likely continue to be a problem with trolls.
– Jacqui Naud, Sacramento
Don’t force social media use
I disagree with the need to go through an existing social media account to post a comment. Many people, myself included, don’t use social media because of their privacy and other policies.
Besides, do you really want comments only from people who sit online all day and think their words are that interesting? Wouldn’t you also want to hear from people who are touched by your stories?
– Mac Collins, Sacramento
Real names good, but tech’s prohibitive
Courageous people are not afraid to put their name behind a comment, even when it may not be the popular opinion. So I welcome real names being used.
But I worry that the not so tech-savvy will not get their voice heard. I hope the letter writing format still holds true. I, for one, will tend to stay clear of social media for many reasons.
– Liz Forsman, Sacramento
The real comment problem
Joyce Terhaar has a legitimate complaint about offensive comments. I’ve been sending letters “directly” to the editors for years trying to educate them to refocus their liberal ideology so readers like myself might be better served.
My commentary is taken from my research of issues, along with documentation whenever possible, to prove my arguments with The Bee’s perspective. The Bee surely knows I don’t agree with the editorial board’s aggressive left-wing ideology, so my comments are summarily deleted. According to Terhaar, The Bee supposedly encourages open dialogue with its readers, but my experience is that is not so.
– Thomas M. Bogetich, Carmichael
Good riddance to repeat offenders
Thank you for the change. Over the last year, the comment section has become unreadable, with the same individuals making relatively the same comments and often adding nothing to the discussion. At its worst, it is some of these same individuals making mean comments, again, often unrelated to the story.
– Jess Cort, Woodland
Civilized discourse starts from within
Thank you for inviting civilized people into a civilized discussion. In my view this is way overdue.
I feel the pain of a right to free speech, but at what cost and at what degree? Nobody wants regulations, but it has come to a point where human nature has no guidelines anymore. It’s a free-for-all out there; we say, do and act however we please without any regard to how anyone else may feel about it. It’s a desensitized morality that doesn’t change with a person’s computer, iPad or iPhone. It’s a part of one’s character that needs to change from within.
– Sherry Meyerhoff, Rocklin
A selective call for civility
Re: “It’s time to reset reader remarks” (Joyce Terhaar, Forum, Oct.6) and “State GOP’s own ‘suicide caucus’ heads for the cliff” (Forum, Dan Morain, Oct.6): It’s instructive that your call for civility accompanies an article by Dan Morain that labels conservatives as wacky, slick and heavy-handed.
My take is that you are asking conservatives to just accept omnipresent, nanny government; to ignore the Constitution; and accept budgeting as a term for over-the-top deficit spending, while enduring contentious name-calling by the likes of Morain. Rudely, I say not!
– Robert Reark, Granite Bay
If a real name were required before commenting, I believe the quality of comments would increase only because the trolls would have to reveal themselves.
FROM SACBEE.COM COMMENTS
I have relatives who work for the state of California and using my true name would undoubtedly expose them to criticism since I am a conservative Republican. If the proposed changes are made, I will have to find other places for comment.
I also wonder if The Bee’s proposed changes are to stifle opposing views to their liberal dogma.