Taking our cue from a Scandanavian news site, the authors at The Standard are implementing a new commenting policy.
A news site has launched a new feature to try to sift out the number of trolls commenting on its articles by having readers take a quiz on the story before they can vent their opinions about it.
NRKbeta, the technology-focused arm of public broadcaster NRK, introduced the experiment last month in a bid to get rid of ill-willed trolls and raise the overall standard of debate in article comment fields.
“We have updated the quality of our comments section because we want to ensure that everyone who comments has actually read the article in question,” the site wrote about its new feature.
“The aim is that everyone contributing to the comment sections has read the article, and thereby has a better understanding of it, helping ensure that the discussion doesn’t go off-topic,” it said.
The way it works is that prior to being allowed to comment on a story, the reader is required to take a quiz answering three multiple choice questions relating to the content of the article they wish to comment on.
From today, in order to post a comment on The Standard, you must answer 3 multiple choice questions to demonstrate that you have read the post and have committed to sincere political debate.
A technical glitch has prevented an early release of the new multi-choice software, so in the meantime please leave your answers below before commenting further.
1. What country trialled this commenting policy on a news site?
2. What is the preferred attire of trolls?
3. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?