The reader comment policy at the Miami Herald was a free for all for many years. There were really some inappropriate comments posted because there was NO moderation (although I got a scarlet letter for writing "shit") of the anonymous comments. Every racist, ethnic slur was fair game, but not "shit" even though I wrote it thusly: s--t. My comment was removed.
Anyway, to get to the point, now in order to comment you have to be a member of Facebook. The Miami Herald went from getting a few hundred comments on some stories to 6 or 7. I refuse to comment with Facebook. It is a matter of principle. Why should I have to be a member of anything that isn't part of the Miami Herald to comment? I shouldn't have to be part of an exclusive online club: Facebook. The Herald should have just required an email address and that would have eliminated all the looney comments. They didn't have to resort to anything as harsh as a Facebook account. Why should the Herald only reward readers that are happy to waste their time on Facebook?
On second thought, I do have stock in Facebook and I am waiting for it to go back up, so I guess it isn't really all that bad of a policy at the Miami Herald....that is, until I sell my stock.
As Emily Litella would have said: "Never mind."