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Saturday, March 1 • 10:30am - 11:30am
9B: Read the Comments (best practices for handling blog comments)

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Some might say “Don’t read the comments!” Lack of moderation and free reign of trolls can be enough to make sites like Popsci shut down comments entirely. Scientific articles have shown that negative tone in comments can influence what people think of the science presented. On the other hand, some sites are embracing comments, such as Pubmed. Should you allow the comments? Which should flourish, and which should go to the spam folder? This discussion will talk about legal obligations and different types of comment policy. The goal will be to set up a guide of best practices which bloggers, old and new, might find helpful as they don’t read the comments.


Saturday March 1, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Room 4 McKimmon Center
  Facilitated Discussion
  • Hashtag #scioComments