New commenting policy on The Standard

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 1st, 2017 - 28 comments
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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?

  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Eastasia

2. What is the preferred attire of trolls?

  • Goatskin boots
  • A hoodie
  • A suit and tie

3. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

  • None
  • As many as can be cited
  • 42

 

28 comments on “New commenting policy on The Standard”

  1. John up North 1

    1. Iforgetistan.

    2. Parliamentary BMW’s

    3. Key would say the answer is debatable and he has an expert with a different number to yours.

    Happy, happy April.

  2. dv 2

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dcc/bylaw-would-protect-riders
    Bylaw would protect riders

    Trucks, buses, cars and motorcycles must have them — and now the Dunedin City Council is considering a new bylaw making brake-lights and indicators compulsory for horses ridden on roads.

    Ratepayers wishing to comment on the proposed bylaw will need to contact the DCC before noon today.

    Nice.

  3. Carolyn_nth 3

    1. Norway.

    2. Men in suits wearing blue ties – plus hoodie with WO logo.

    3. Can we debate which religion the angels belong to first? Or, if it’s a Hells Angel, do we include motorbikes? Then none.

  4. ianmac 4

    1.New Zealand
    2. Naked with truth
    3. Just one. His name is Bill and his dancing leaves no room for any other angels on the pin.

  5. Anne 5

    Whaaaaat!! We’ve gotta do a quiz before we’re allowed to comment? This has gotta be a joke! Oh, I see. 1 April.

    Don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight. 🙂

    • weka 5.1

      Fuck. Are they doing that malarky already?

      • Carolyn_nth 5.1.1

        1st Sunday early AM in April. It’s about time. It’s not light til near 7.30am in Auckland right now. Don’t like waking and rising in the dark.

    • Paul Campbell 5.2

      What day was it that you said we had to turn our clocks back on?

  6. Great troll-excluding initiative and proving to be highly effective, as not one troll has managed to breach the quiz wall. Well done, N&F.

  7. Natz mp’s have turns to be April 1 fools 365 days a year. Some- like english double dip and cheat, freeloading on- say smiths days– hence 2 at once for the price of one.

  8. Daveosaurus 8

    1. Principality of Sealand.
    2. Chupacabra-hide anoraks.
    3. Doc Neeson.

  9. The Real Matthew 9

    The content on this site is so loony this could be true

  10. Xenu 10

    LPrent: this is an April Fools joke, right ?

  11. Tui 11

    trolls are easy to spot by there stupid comments, poor grammer, and spelling!

    ~ tui

  12. mary_a 12

    April 1 obviously 🙂

  13. Tamati Tautuhi 13

    Good thinking just delete the Tolls posts and they will f$%k off back to the Whale Scum and Kiwi Bog sites where they can whip themselves into a frenzy.

  14. Heh heh heh…

    1. Eastasia. It has always been Eastasia.
    2. A hoodie (and nothing else)
    3. Trick question. According to Richard Dawkins, there are no such thing as “angels”.

    Loving it.

    On a slightly (sliiiiightly) more serious note, an international online forum I was a member of had the usual hassles with trolls.

    The admin came up with the simple idea that only registered members could post comments, and they had to use ISP email accounts, not free webmail. The amount of trolling dried up almost overnight…

    But I like the three verifiable questions technique. Kind of like a “captcha” system for trolls.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 14.1

      You need to get this sorted especially with the Election coming up National and ACT will have paid trolls disrupting this site.

  15. risildowgtn 15

    1 Wisconsin

    2 Slime

    3 Madonna

  16. Fustercluck 16

    This could actually work…

  17. Glenn 17

    Bloody hell, I got taken in completely.

  18. Jenny Kirk 18

    So was I !

  19. Skeptic 19

    Tell me please – how are we going to stop the 30,000 paid Russian trolls from infiltrating The Standard?

  20. In Vino 20

    Just as the brave soldier used to assume in combat that he was already dead, I think you should assume that it has already happened.

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