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SR Changing Comments System

SR Editor Gary Graham explains changes in our online comments that will begin later today. Huckleberries won't be affected by them:

Beginning midday Monday, we are changing our comment system. We will allow comments only on local news stories, staff blogs and staff columns. We no longer will allow comments to be posted on national or international stories, or letters to the editor. In our new policy, comments no longer will appear directly beneath stories. We have two goals for the changes. First, we want to encourage more constructive and civil discourse on local issues of importance and interest to readers in our region. Second, we want to reduce the amount of time our journalists have to spend monitoring the comments. It’s no secret that our newsroom ranks are much smaller in the wake of the economic tsunami that has wreaked havoc on the industry, and time spent moderating comments is time we cannot spend on research, reporting and editing/Editor Gary Graham, SR. More here.

Question: Can you live with the changes?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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