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."



thinkagain - Father, thank you for leading me to stand for your truth and live your ethics, even if those values cost me ridicule or persecution. Thank you that as a Christian, I have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to comfort me.

Creator of the Universe - Well done, good and faithful servant. Be of good cheer my son, for remember this, because I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world will hate you, even as it hated me.

meowmix - I really do think I'm a cat.


thinkagain, the voice of God! lol! Sure.


For how long have we heard that the comment section was going to be improved or altered, but have seen no action?

Sorry Jason, but I will believe it when I see it.

Stop It

Anyone that is a minutely tech savy person can get a Fakebook account and use a proxy ISP addy.

If you don't believe me, Google it...

Edit: I don't believe the SR has the time nor equipment for an IT dept. on 24/7/365 watch for a public comment section. Just sayin'.

Dude i Roc

I will no longer post ANY comments here, regardless of how harmless they are, without the protection of anonymity. Sorry, SR but this is a BAD idea. You will lose readership online, as well.


I find it interesting that journalists, some of whom have gone to prison to protect the anonymity of their sources, would demand any free speech to identify itself.


I don't have a Facebook account, i believe its the devil ! Damn, I'm just figuring out how to text ! You guys are killing me ! I'm not afraid to put my name to any of my comments, and i approve this message !
Babe Ruth

Professor Playdoh

People will see me as a fraud

Carlos Danger

I used the same screen name when I was running for mayor of New York City, and they found out who I was anyway.


I will give a serious suggestion this time. I like that the articles tell me how many new comments have been posted, but it would be sweet if it showed which ones were new once you got into the comments. Just put "NEW" next to them, simple fix.

Kottage Kat

Good idea, would like to find a comment and not have to scroll through 2/3 pages
excellent conversations,finally. Maybe if we behave they will let us continue to play. Lol


I never behave. Where's the fun in that?


Adios, Kemosabe! signed, Tonto(fool)


You are hurting your business future S.R. if you change this. For a nominal fee just about anyone's IP can be found. Forget Facebook. Many with a deep lineage share valid facts, that some in authority don't welcome. Your future is in your hands.

he said she said

If I wanted the public to see my info on my FB page, it would be public. If the Rag starts that, I won't be here anymore...


Remember the show,
To tell the Truth"

Guess well just have to play along. Can we all use the same name?


So, are you gonna tell us who Sarah from Sandusky is? She seems to pose a lot of the questions in the mailbag.

Stop It

My guess is that Sarah is aka/Jason trying to find out how his "new and improved system" will fly with the regulars. JMHO.

getit right be4...

Just like Phil Robertson would say.

He gone

Will not use real name. Will not facebook or twater .

God Of Thunder

If you don't like what's on TV then change the channel. If you don't like what's on the radio, change the station. If you don't like the comments being said, then when you get to the bottom of the article, STOP there and don't read in to the comment section. It's as simple as that.


The SR has the Readers Forum for that, make it digital for a real time experience and leave the anonymous blog aloe. I am sure there are political, community, business and other people that read these unedited from the heart comments to learn how people really feel about a topic. Tie the comments to a name and people will leave in droves, others will no longer read that never even post and in a year or two the SR will just end the blog due to lac of interest.


Re: "I am sure there are political, community, business and other people that read these unedited from the heart comments to learn how people really feel about a topic."


I know for a FACT that the comments are read by the NR, the SR and the politicos.

I have often asked a question in the comments forum and have later seen a story answering it.

Former Norwalk Mayor Lesch, stated on numerous occasions that she never read the comments because they were anonymous. However it was revealed that her husband read them to her.

IMO, this forum is like the old community bulletin board. Where people would often anonymously post their comments.

IMO, if the Guidelines were enforced and adhered to, this is a great tool and invaluable resource for the community.

Peninsula Pundit

'I know for a FACT that the comments are read by the NR, the SR and the politicos.'
Don't forget the myriad of local, district and federal law enforcement entities around here, as well!


Where is the value added in attaching names to comments? There is already a frequent commenter whose use of her real name doesn't deter her from attempting to hijack every comment thread and make it about her own personal problem. The Register has published rambling, train of consciousness columns with disjointed sentences that make no sense, an apologetic for criminals written by (surprise) a criminal, and relationship advice from a self-promoting, self-proclaimed band groupy, and lauded it on the sole basis that they all put their names on their writings, never making any attempt to defend any of it on any other merit. By that standard, the mindless, but signed, rambling of a brain damaged child molestor would be of more value than the Federalist Papers, simply by virtue of the latter's pseudonymous publication, and the collected works of Shakepeare would be considered so much toilet paper because of uncertainty as to his real identity.

People should focus on ideas and not personas. Using names does nothing but allow identity to distract people from the ideas. We would not have a Bill of Rights in this country had not the writings of an anomymous commentator generated support for ratification. Those who insist on names either suffer from the false belief that their own identity enhances the value of their comments, or are looking for handles on which to hang ad hominems. If you can substantively rebut the assertions of another commenter, you have no need to know his/her name, and it's notable that some named commenters resort to attacking anonymity when they can't muster anything better. The Register already has all the commenter identification it needs - password protected accounts so no one can post in some other user's name.

Also, Jason, you claim you addressed the proofreading issue, but you did so with a flippantly dismissive remark that the readers here take care of that for you. It's a poor excuse for a journalist who depends on the customers to do the proofreading. That's like a car manufacturer who expects the customer to check the tightness of all the lugnuts when taking delivery of a new car. We're not just talking about typos, either. There are gross errors of grammar and usage, such as the use of "himself" as the subject of a sentence that I observed a few days ago. My fifth grade teacher would not have accepted that. To borrow from Jeff Foxworthy, one who holds oneself out as a professional writer should be smarter than a fifth grader. The English language is the primary tool of your trade; have some professional pride in mastering it. Given the general quality of the writing we've seen here and in the print edition, one wonders whether, if the Register were a carpentry shop, every staff member would be missing a finger or two due to careless use of a power saw.


Best comment ever, Nem. The wording, spelling, punctuation are perfect. Commenters should take notice and maybe learn a thing to two. I have offered to proofread for the SR. Spell check only corrects words spelled wrong. It does nothing if the word isn't the correct one to begin with or if the word sounds similar to another. We used to learn in school the difference between "their, there and they're" and "your and you're". There is no such word as hisself. What happened to the English language? I will also leave this comment section if I have to use facebook to comment. I also enjoy the back and forth discussions about issues although, at times, it seems a bit abusive.


Well, if you're going to write a comment about the paper's lack of proofreading, you had best proofread the comment three times, eh?

Julie R.

@Nemesis: You sure are full of yourself. Must be nice to be so perfect like you obviously think ~ and I stress the word think ~ you are. Do you also walk on water?


I've never claimed to be perfect, unlike you. You can't even stand to hear the suggestion that your response to your sad situation is anything less than the paragon of perfect effectiveness.

Julie R.

Why do you keep saying my sad situation? When you live in a county where idiot public officials (including judges) actually assist in fraud, wouldn't that be considered the sad situation of everybody in Erie County?


Just because your family couldn't keep their affairs straight resulting in one instance of a problem doesn't establish a more general case.