Nov 19, 2013

Will the SR alter its commenting policy?

Why does the Sandusky Register continue to let people comment on stories? Sarah in Sandusky

Sandusky Register multimedia and digital content editor Jason Werling provided the following answer:

The Sandusky Register is in the process of revamping our online presence including our commenting section at We are looking to improve our community experience at the website by eliminating anonymous commenting but still give our readers the ability to give their 2 cents in the content we provide.

Feel free to comment below on what changes you would like to see in the comment section or comment here.

The Mailbag is a daily feature on Each weekday at noon, we will post one question from a reader and answer it. To ask a question, send a letter to The Mailbag at 314 W. Market St., or email Please include your first name and a location in the email, e.g. “John from Decatur Street."


Julie R.

I'll comment using my real name. Won't bother me a bit. That's because everything I have ever said ~ especially about the corrupt courts on the 2nd floor of the Erie County courthouse ~ is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!


For me this comment section is very important to the success of the Register.Just leave this section alone and add an identified forum.See which one is visited more.


Raoul Duke

Do you think I want these crazy bastards to know how I really am?


D0nt miss it.. Google is paying 75$/hour! Just work for few hours & spend more time with friends and family. On sunday I bought themselves a Alfa Romeo from having made $5637 this month. its the best-job Ive ever had.It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it out


So the decisions been made? Peace out! I don't plan on reactivating a facebook account that quite frankly I don't want. Let people like AJ and T.A. Schwanger talk to each other because that will be all that is left. Good luck with that Jason. The only other thing likely to happen is you will have a bunch of people with bogus facebook accounts posting, which really what have you solved then? Go look at other papers that use that method and you will see very few postings or ones that are obviously attached to fake profiles. It seems to me that the SR is gonna give in to the few nuts on here who want to see real names so they can bring their hatred to a persons home or business.

Licorice Schtick

The opposition will be silenced.

Peninsula Pundit

Just set up a facebook account for K. Dragger. Be creative in populating it.


When the News Messenger (and Blade) required FB sign in for comments, their comment interaction dropped signicantly. I believe the Reflector and Register have the best comment activity in this area with the current style. Please don't change. You have a good thing.
"If it ain't broke don't 'fix' it."


Lil DAB's right. If S.R. goes FB sign in, I'm outta here.....

Kottage Kat

I have used my real name, have been threatened, had my nuring license threatened have had a commenter drive by my house multiple times.
No thank you, will stick to the good old NR where anything goes. All the above were done by a NR commenter. Just to clarify.
I enjoy the discourse here, will be. " looky-loo after changes


Your parents named you kottage kat ? Dang, someone was doing drugs that day

Kottage Kat

The Kat is for Katherine my daughter that died. Friends nicknamed an apt I had " The Kottage". However my name does rymne with Kat.


First and foremost, sorry to hear about your daughter. Horrible when a parent has to bury a child !

Kottage Kat

Thank you.

Julie R.

If the SR goes through with this, I predict the SR will fast become another 'fluff' paper ........ sort of like the weekly Huron Hometown News!

Stop It

Fremont and Toledo suck because of FB. Bellevue sucks because it uses an RSS feed for comments. Try explaining that to a common user.


I won't be here either, not that anyone cares. Some of us don't want a facebook account. Period.


I don't comment on here much but if you have to login using fb then I won't be able to as I don't have a fb. Not everybody's lives revolve around fb and other social media sites.

Finn Finn

I agree with the prior comments on this story. What does "Sarah in Sandusky" have against (anonymous) comments on stories? I'm assuming she means anonymous because she doesn't actually say that. Jason Werling is actually the first to use that word. I think you'll find that when folks are allowed to comment anonymously, they are usually more truthful with their thoughts. I agree with Kottage Kat. I enjoy the discourse as well. Most of the time, it's a good "back and forth". A notable example is the Perkins levy comments.

Castalia Gal

If I have to post on Facebook to comment on SR articles the little bit that I do, it won't happen. Has nothing to do with anonymity but more about how I refuse to be a part of Facebook.

Eph 2 8-10

In this day and age, one needs some anonymity because of the individuals out there whom disagree with one's viewpoint can get very nasty, and at times, violent. Guess I'm "outa" here too.


I've seen some pretty ghastly comments come up on articles here that I really don't believe would have been made if the person making them had to put their reputation behind what they said (typed).

There is certainly some merit to anonymity at times, but for the sake of debate, I think it is fair to say that one of the reasons that Sarah asked her question was because people tend to be a lot less civil when allowed to be anonymous. YouTube has recently switched their commenting system as well, for similar reasons, and while there's a lot of debate about that, it is hard to debate how horrible the state of YouTube comments were.

By the way, this probably shows up as 'Atnevon', but I can certainly stand behind the post enough to sign it under my real name.

-Jimmy Blake


I already post on other sites with my real name and push comes to shove, I will here also. Heck, being a Christian and spreading the good news about Jesus, I'm used to being hated by the evil doers of this world.

But for those who wish to remain anonymous, instead of just kicking them to the curb, why not give them a section separate from the articles. Perhaps a link labeled "enter at your own risk".


Re: "We are looking to improve our community experience at the website by eliminating anonymous commenting,"

So the SR doesn't market it's online advertising based on the number of hits and eyeballs?

By "eliminating anonymous commenting," you don't believe that you'll adversely affect your business model?

The Bizness

Contango, we argue a lot but I appreciate our arguments. You are a smart man, and I truly mean that.

If people could not argue, then we would not be able to truly think.

The Big Dog's back

I wouldn't go that far about contango, but I do agree with him.


Re: "You are a smart man, and I truly mean that."

Back at ya!

Continue to question.

"The most important intellectual ability man has yet developed - the art and science of asking questions - is not taught in school!"

- Neil Postman, "Teaching As A Subversive Activity"


- Hellen Keller, Jdj ggjy thekd jds ound ixk hsbso naqw kjdne bdudo xhg kdjdyd vepkkhg bsjdj hhhslk

The Bizness

Also, if we had to use a facebook login I am out of here. Twitter on the other hand, well I have anonymous twitter handles for that.


I used to get a kick out of reading the PC News Herald/Fremont News Messenger boards when anonymous posting was allowed. Since they switched to FB format, you can hear crickets in their comments section. Quite frankly, I get a kick out of the back-and-forth that occurs at times on these boards. Thinkagain, I don't hate you and I'm sure I'm one of those "evil doers" in your opinion. I just think thing you say make you look like an idiot. There!! See??? That felt good for me to type and give my cat claws a little stretch! PURRRRRRRRR.........