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Why news sites that focus on race & culture don’t ban comments

Moderating comments at websites that focus on the topics of race and culture can be time intensive and tough, writes NABJ Digital’s co-chair Tracie Powell, while often necessary, it’s not as bad as some might think.

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Moderating comments at websites that focus on the topics of race and culture can be time intensive and tough, but it’s not as bad as some might think, according to at least two high-profile bloggers who specialize in writing on these issues.

Latoya Peterson, owner and founder of Racialicious, a blog that focuses exclusively on race and pop culture, said negative comments on her site are no worse than those that can be found on other websites, including Popular Science, which announced this week that it was killing its online comments sections because of “trolls” who prevent intelligent online debates from taking place.

“In the beginning we had to be really heavy-handed since a lot of people weren’t used to talking about race and racism with nuance,” Peterson told allDigitocracy in an email. Now people are too embarrassed to leave silly comments.  But that’s more the community self-regulating…

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