A CLEAN SLATE FOR redbankgreen COMMENTS

hot-topic rightToday, redbankgreen introduces a new reader-comments system.

Prompted by a rising tide of everything from petty name-calling to outright libel, nearly all of it from anonymous commenters, we’ve flushed our archive of comments posted prior to December 2, when we temporarily halted postings.

We’ve also adopted a registration system in the expectation that it will bring a greater degree of accountability to the commentary. With that, we hope, will be more civil and constructive behavior than we saw in the months leading up to the change.

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TIME FOR SOME FACEBOOK TIME

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Maybe we’re just in a wintry mood, with the furnace burning through the heating budget way earlier in the season than expected.

Or maybe it’s lingering remnants of the frustration that led us to impose radio silence on our comments forum last week.

But none of the comments posted between last Monday and late Thursday jumped out at us as particularly noteworthy. So we’re not spotlighting any this week.

Still, there’s some news about comments. As many readers know, redbankgreen has temporarily shut down its commenting function. For those who missed the announcement, go here.

Commenting will be back, though.

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COMMENTING FUNCTION HALTED

hot-topic rightredbankgreen has temporarily stopped allowing comments on its posts.

This action was taken because we don’t have the resources to adequately moderate multiple threads of around-the-clock commentary which often become, in our view and the view of many readers, abusive.

Coinciding with the biggest growth readership burst in the four-year history of the site was a rising tide of muck.

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COMMENT: POSTER DIDN’T READ OWN LINKS

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Longtime readers of redbankgreen comments may be familiar with the postings of ‘Dan.’

Whether or not one agrees with him, he’s clearly an evidence-driven guy (or maybe a woman — who knows, right?). He looks to outside sources of expertise and often cites it in his comments. And if someone else offers up some documentation in support of an argument, he’s likely to check it out and see how it squares with that person’s characterization of it.

That approach was evident last week, when Dan replied to another commenter, “Just Sayin,” under our story, ‘Alleged West Side Shooter Rejects Plea Deal.’

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IN PRAISE OF TWO LOCALS

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This week’s selection as Comment of the Week comes from a well-known Red Bank figure, former Councilmember Grace Cangemi.

Here’s what she had to say under our story on Lou del Pra’s first year as athletic director at Red Bank Regional High, an interview in which we asked about low participation levels among Red Bank kids in school sports:

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