Leave your mark on Rappler’s pages

Rappler has recently added a commenting system to its pages, allowing readers to publish feedback.

One of the more notable recent developments in Philippine online journalism was probably the inception of Rappler late last year. It describes itself as a “social news network” run by veteran journalists and young digital natives.

But it was disappointing that it didn’t have a comments section on its pages. Sure, the social media buttons helped — for sharing, liking, tweeting. After all, Rappler was supposed to be about engaging people into intelligent conversation.

But having the readers’ comments on the page is still different. It empowers readers to be almost on the same level of exposure as the content producer himself. It also allows readers to criticize the content and its producer directly.

And now — I don’t know when they started it — Rappler is enriched with a commenting system on every page.

Here’s to a more engaged and transparent community!

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‘Are you well-versed in comment etiquette?’

ONE GREAT THING about many news websites today is your ability to post comments.

Now you can tell fellow readers — directly and in real time — why a particular news story is trash or gem; why it’s worth reading, or why not.

But are we commenting well enough? How’s your commenting etiquette? Erica Johnson offers some guidelines to help us contribute to the discussion well.

‘Change the media one comment at a time’

The amazing thing is, so many people don’t bother to take the time to write a letter to the editor or to leave a comment. So what happens is that the more outspoken side of the issue is usually more significantly represented because they take the time.

Katie Hinderer of Tiger Print makes the case for ordinary people to improve the media through little things. What with email, Twitter, and Facebook, those whom we thought were “demigods” are now within reach.

Continue reading her article. Highly recommended.