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CdA Press Online Boots Trolls

We could point to the number of complaints readers of have registered against obnoxious comments and those who write them, but we won't. We could argue that page views of online comments, one source of funding that allows us to offer readership of free, has dropped because of the obnoxious comments and those who write them. But we won't do that, either. Instead, we will admit that Press administrators have banned about a dozen frequent commenters from posting their thoughts on because we can no longer stomach the vile nature of their postings, from gut-wrenchingly racist remarks to thinly veiled threats of public officials/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

DFO: H/T to Editor Mike Patrick for making this call.

Question: Do trolls add anything to the online comment mix?

Cindy: Press Trolls Went Too Far

Cindy (re: “Press trolls slime Lakeland teacher): Oh. My. God. Really? Its a good thing we live in Amercia where women don’t have to dress as men dictate. Even though all we all know how little self control men/boys have and how seeing cleavage might make them have bad, nasty thoughts! Thoughts they are NOT responsible for. I made it through half of the comments at the Press site before I saw RED and threw up in my mouth a little. I’m a professional woman and think Ms. Ridley dress is entirely appropriate. I’m also the mother of four sons and wouldn’t be SHOCKED or apalled if any of their female teachers wore a similar outift. It is beyond disgusting to me that the Press site allowed such outrageous, sexist comments. Grow up, already.

Question: Should the Coeur d'Alene Press monitor its online comments more closely?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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