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 sanduskyregister.com 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.

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Comments

Julie R.

My elderly mother had all of her estate affairs straight. As I recall, she put a lot of time & energy, not to mention money to her Huron attorneys, in doing it, too. As for what a bunch of dirt-bags did to her at the end of her life being only "one instance of a problem" in corrupt Erie County, I beg to differ there big time.

Nemesis

There are steps she could have taken to prevent it, starting with not marrying him in the first place. More importantly, what were YOU doing to prevent it when her competence started declining? Maybe that's what's eating at you, that you didn't do enough to prevent it.

As for begging to differ on "one instance," you're welcome to have other victims of similar instances come forward. So far all we've heard on that is the chirping of the crickets.

Julie R.

You're actually excusing criminal acts committed by attorneys and financial institutions by putting the blame on an elderly, incompetent person?

As for the one instance --- you must be living under a rock. I just heard about yet ANOTHER one yesterday. They sure are having a field day on the elderly in Erie County, aren't they?

Nemesis

In other words, it's a family thing. Your problem is with your step-siblings. It's an internal family inheritance squabble, the sort of thing that happens all the time.

Another one yesterday? And where is the victim? Not here to say anything that would collaborate your wild rantings.

Julie R.

Step-siblings? I don't have any step-siblings. I have one sister and one brother. My mother and stepfather were married for almost 46 years but they never had any children of their own. He didn't have any children of his own at all.

Julie R.

Nemesis: I could point out quite a few things in your comment that are not grammatically correct.

Nemesis

Have at it, and good luck. I look forward to the results.

However, even if you manage to do so, it's irrelevant, because I'm not holding myself out as a professional journalist.

Julie R.

So if you're not holding yourself out to be a professional journalist, what are you holding yourself out to be? An ignorant attorney, maybe?

Nemesis

Poor Julie, always grasping at straws.

Peninsula Pundit

Cleveland.com has a wonderful comments section which allows the story writers to respond in a special blue box. They had an editorial just last week that they are encouraging their writers to respond to hoi polloi such as ourselves in the comments. It is also well-moderated.

kal-el

Gutsy move. BRAVO!!!!

arnmcrmn

This comment section is free, correct? This comment section doesn't make the paper any money what so ever. I'd say either link FB accounts for all to see OR allow fictitious names but they have to pay a yearly fee…..$20.00 to comment and read the SR online.

SamAdams

1. As people have repeatedly noted, Facebook accounts can ALSO be under pseudonyms; and, more importantly

2. Paying to be anonymous means at least The Register will know who we are, else how can we link payments to names, fictitious or otherwise? And I don't trust The Register to protect our anonymity any further than I can pick up and throw the building it's housed in! Remember, The Register is the same paper that elected to publish information about area CCW holders...

Nemesis

That's not the business model. The website makes money by selling advertising. The more people veiw the site, the more advertising revenue it gets. If the popularity of reality television is any indicator, the SR's revenue from the website is proportional to the amount of dysfunction appearing in the comments section.

8ballinthesidepocket

I will never ever ever use my Facebook account again. Too many buttheads on Facebook and their security is non existant. The local paper where i live tried the Facebook approach and it died on the vine, their readership and subscription rate plummeted to the point where they reverted back to the alias format. Leave it alone, it makes for better reading than the paper by itself. But limit the number of posts a reader can make per article so you dont get ink hogs like Julie R cluttering up the place with their uninformed and slanted babble.

Nemesis

Cut Julie some slack - she clearly can't help it.

Centauri

Nemesis,

You have no clue unless you are part of the powers that be.

Nemesis

Centauri,

While there may be all sorts of corruption, that has nothing to do with Julie's little crusade. She tries to hijack every thread here and make it about her relatives screwing her out of her inheritance. Even if she's right about everything that happened (although her demeanor doesn't signal that she perceives very well) her chosen response to the situation, ranting like a loon here and hijacking threads, is ineffective and only serves to make her look like the town crackpot. This only makes it less likely that her antagonists will suffer any consequences or that she will regain any of her inheritance. At this point, even if she could get a prosecutor to listen to her, they'd have to seat a jury from people who'd never seen the SR website in order to convict.

There was a time when I, and several others believed her. We asked her pointed questions aimed at getting to the heart of the matter, and she spewed more incoherent stream of consciousness ranting back. It's taken until today, OVER TWO YEARS, of challenging, questioning, etc. and she's just now mentioned her step siblings' role.

It's clear that Julie's only purpose is personal catharsis - ranting about what happened to her quiets her personal demons. Maybe she should explore her feelings about this with a good therapist, and in time maybe she'll be able to tell the story to someone in a position to actually do something, in a manner likely to get them to believe her. Until then, all she's doing is further damage to her credibility.

Centauri

"Even if she's right about everything that happened"

THAT is what I worry about.

WHAT will YOU do about it?

Nemesis

As I said, when I first encountered her, I attempted to get a straight set of facts out of her, in order to determine what I could do. All I got was incoherent ranting. You can't help people who don't want to be helped.

At this point, any ability ANYONE has to do anything about it depends upon distancing oneself from Julie, because she has destroyed her credibility and that of anyone aligned with her.

Julie R.

So what straight set of facts would you like to know? Considering it's all a matter of public record, why don't you tell me what fact it is you want to know and I'll give you the matter of public record NUMBER.

8ballinthesidepocket

I will never ever ever use my Facebook account again. Too many buttheads on Facebook and their security is non existant. The local paper where i live tried the Facebook approach and it died on the vine, their readership and subscription rate plummeted to the point where they reverted back to the alias format. Leave it alone, it makes for better reading than the paper by itself. But limit the number of posts a reader can make per article so you dont get ink hogs like Julie R cluttering up the place with their uninformed and slanted babble.

Centauri

"But limit the number of posts a reader can make per article so you dont get ink hogs like Julie R cluttering up the place with their uninformed and slanted babble."

I think that Julie R. has a clue of what is going on in corrupt Ohio.

Why didn't you complain about Big Dog, 4shizzle and others who troll to inflame?

What do want to know about corrupt Ohio?

Nemesis

If the corruption is real, Julie has unwittingly made herself the star player of the coverup. The more she keeps ranting, the less credible are the claims of corruption.

Centauri

"If the corruption is real, Julie has unwittingly made herself the star player of the coverup."

In OHIO I have seen internet blogs of ALL of OHIO'S counties that tried to expose the corruption of OHIO.

My question to YOU is what YOU will do about corrupt OHIO? NOTHING? Perhaps be an OHIO sheeple?

I am here for further comments with you until I get banned like many Sandusky Register commenters who tried to expose the truth before.

Look at this:
https://www.google.com/#q=wordpr...

That is only Wordpress.

The corruption is real in OHIO!!

What will YOU do about it Nemesis?

Nemesis

I have consistently advocated reducing the scope and power of government, which is the only way to reduce corruption, because power corrupts and attracts the corruptible. Following your link, most of the articles listed deal with corruption in government agencies that will cease to exist if I and the candidates I support get our way. However, I criticize government power and the inevitably resulting corruption from a position of principle, not on the personal, whose-ox-is-being-gored basis that Julie does. If the corruption is so widespread and universal, why can't she ever address it outside the context of her own loss in a family inheritance conflict?

Julie R.

I can see exactly what's going on in Erie County and I also know it's been going on for a long time. All these so-called family feuds in the Erie County probate court are nothing more than a cover-up for crimes against the elderly BEFORE they die --- crimes that trouble-making attorneys are assisting in.

thinkagain

“Will the SR alter its commenting policy?”

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Why even have a policy if you are not going to enforce it?

Julie R.

Hey Nemesis, why is it that you never make any comments on the stories about crimes against the elderly, like the recent article: FINANCIAL ABUSE GETS DESERVED ATTENTION

Shouldn't you be on there blaming the elderly for those crimes?

God Of Thunder

oh my god Julie, let it rest already. You make me queasy. I feel bad for your husband..(If you're married)

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