Feb 10, 2014

Is the Register going to change the online commenting policy?

There are still too many uncivil and disrespectful comments being posted. Is the Register going to do anything about this? Bob in Perkins Township

We answered this question numerous times in the past, but it's worth being brought up again.

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 as far as comments or any other online feature.

The Mailbag is a daily feature on sanduskyregister.com. 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 mailbag@sanduskyregister.com. Please include your first name and a location in the email, e.g. “John from Decatur Street."


Dr. Information

awe more threats. classy.

Seen it All

Seriously, how is that a threat Dr. Information? He just stated if you want REAL ID's for commenters, you shouldn't have any problem using your own now. Otherwise, he is saying shut up, (in a not so nice form). Telling one to shut up is no where near a "threat".

Peninsula Pundit

Stop it is merely asking that the poster who doesn't believe in anonymity to have the courage of his convictions to post using their real name.
To not do so is simple hypocrisy.

Azure Ray

The NEWSpaper should simply report the news. News should be reported by JOURNALISTS with credible degrees in Journalism or Communications. Community members and trolls alike should not be allowed to leave their two cents for all to see - we should only see the news. This recent infatuation with the mundane thoughts of average people is out of control. I will form my OWN opinion based on the news, NOT what other people think of that news. The comment section takes away the credibility of your reporters, because apparently you feel that your paper isn't good enough with just the articles.


Well no one said you HAD to read the comments.


I miss Hancrack Me up! and Water Street Cooncat.


haven't seen digger nick for years either..

Julie R.

I miss the PussyCatPatrol. Those comments were absolutely hilarious --- like the one about Donna Green and the rest of the Huron school board members and how they were dressed at a meeting when the Fox fiasco first started. I'll bet even they laughed if they read that comment. And then there were the hilarious comments on the story about the elevator at the courthouse being repaired and how people would have to use the stairs starting on Monday. Somebody made a comment: "Wednesday's Breaking News: Judge Tone is almost to the 2nd floor!"


Here's my thought. If the SR is going to do away with anonymous posting, we should first be notified, and our online pseudonym should not be exposed.

A year or two ago, I wouldn't have said that. Today, it's obvious that there are many people who aren't merely opponents on a topic - they would be likely to escalate things to some level of physical attack, if given the opportunity.

Darwin's choice

"There coming to take you away......"

T. A. Schwanger


Jason please consider returning to when the main page had page 1,2,3, etc.listed at the bottom instead of the current scroll through each page then click next or previous.

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

As long as the moderation is enforced that is in place, new policies will be like those about any political issue: "We don't enforce the ones we already have so we need new ones that won't be enforced later."

I enjoy the discourse here and being a part of it. I've learned a lot about a great many things, even if they are points of you with which I disagree. But the opportunity to learn, research, share, and communicate is too great to have it be stifled. I chose to post under the name I do knowing it could put me or my business "at risk" but it also forces me to be open-minded and thoughtful about what I say.


Hugh Jazz


Geez Jazz, and to find out you do have a sense of humor!!! And here I thought you were just another pseudo-intellectual blogger. Learn something new every day. I would type more but I must be off to my
dentist appointment.
Tata for now. Lord Howard Hurts

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

A little early for the dentist, isn't it? I usually go at toof-hurty. Anyway thank you for the compliment. Even when I am on a soap box I try to string in sleights, comparisons, or satire as comedic relief to the otherwise serious points.

I understand the concerns people have about using a real name, but with as much as I disagree with some like Big Dog here I have never felt threatened by him. It's not a guarantee that something WON'T happen, but I'll take freedom over security in this case. But if anything does happen, I'll be sure to consult my lawyers Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe.

I'd recommend them to any of you. I'd also recommend the firm Norfolk & Waypal, they're good at defense and stopping litigation.

Kottage Kat

On the NR there is a poster who took offense at the term I used for the handicapped child I cared for at the time. His mother had NO problem with the term, and I of course made her aware.
This person knew me and wrote to the Ohio Board if Nursing trying to have my license revoked. I simply sent copies of some of his comments in regard to me, that took care of the problem. They recognized it as a personal vendetta and absolved me of wrong doing.
I hope the use of real names does not cause anyone problems such as this. Thank goodness I made copies of his comments that made the process much easier.
I enjoy the banter and would hate to loose that.

Stop It

This is how SR stirs crap in the pee pot. Anonymous "Bob" in mailbag. Someone in that building on 314 West Market St.
Sandusky, OH 44870 is laughing.


if it's "bob" & he took his enzyte, you know he is at least smiling..

Dr. Information

SR fails to moderate. That is the problem. They created a site with all these rules and then just up and vanished. Absolutely a horrible online forum with the daily bottom feeders threatening people with a fake name. Stay classy SR.

JudgeMeNot's picture

Pot . Kettle,


Oh no! What will some of these people do? Posting in the SR comments section is the only job some of these people have!

Texx Reloader

I certainly hope not. Granted people become too emotional and use disrespectful language, but anonymity is often needed to protect people who have information that is important. It is also needed to ENGAGE people in the news. Look at The News-Messenger. Since switching comments through Facebook (where people can be identified)the comments have dropped to almost nothing at all, and the apathy towards the paper has sharply risen. Last year the staff was asking for ways to make the paper more interesting, it is so bad. This trend is much worse than the NSA problems. This can be alleviated by having a moderator. It can be done very reasonable from an on-line moderator. I would be glad to do it myself. People are afraid, and have every right to be, using their true identity on The News-Messenger. It can get you fired, or worse. This is a matter of Free Speech, which should not be destroyed by a few "BAD EGGS."

Texx Reloader

The Register may already have such a program, and if I have overlooked it, or not seen it, I truly apologize, but I do applaud the Register for allowing people to post anonymously! I have never abused the privilege, and neither have many others. It is useless to appeal to the people who do. I repeat it is integral to Free Speech.


Some of you people are whining while others are speaking their peace. Please you fellow Americans, remember we so far still have free speech in this country. I will continue to use it as well. I don't mind putting my name on here when asked to in my comments. Im not in anyway a coward and I wouldn't say anything on here that I wouldn't tell a person to their face. For the cowards, well their all over the place no matter where you go, school, work at a public meeting place. So this is nothing other than a place to voice your opinions. For the people that dont like it, well skip over the comments them and add your opinions and go on with yourself.

SanduskySlayer's picture

Freedom of Speech , Freedom of Press , Death to all Traitors.

John Harville

Every freedom carries responsibilities.

Sitting In The ...

I believe the anonymity allows us to share our true opinions. I believe you should block the IP addresses of known trolls but, you shouldn't label someone a troll just because they said something you didn't agree with.

If you do require an identity wouldn't the "trolls" just give you false information and secondly would the Register be held liable if someone used the information from their site to go smash someones windshield in?


You really want to change the method in which people can give their real opinions? This is counter intuitive when you consider the Register can get real thoughts that can assist them with focusing their articles. Additionally, after we take away free speech we should spit on the graves of the men who died to preserve such rights. I'm appalled you would want to take away the freedom to speak freely. If that happens, I will make every effort to keep people from buying your paper.