Inviting respectful and civil conversation online is the goal of a new Dispatch online user point system.
Morris Communications, the Dispatch’s parent company, recently implemented a point system designed to improve the climate of online commenting.
Dispatch readers have long enjoyed the option to add comments below articles on the website.
“We believe respectful and civil conversation is essential to a community and we need your help to improve the quality of story commenting,” Morris Communications reported. “Our new user point system is part of that effort.”
Readers will be awarded points for taking part in civil conversation, by voting and rating comments and flagging spam, for example. Readers who break the rules, may lose points. If the Dispatch has to block an account that user will lose privileges.
Readers are already seeing the point system on the Dispatch website.
In the beginning, readers will gain recognition for taking part in and encouraging a respectful and civil conversation — with future rewards for points to follow.
Much of the system is up and running, but it may take a week or two until it’s fully configured, so readers shouldn’t be surprised if they discover a few issues with the system.