Perspective: A WIS editorial on the new Facebook commenting system

You may have noticed some changes recently in the comment system.  While we invite and encourages our online readers to weigh in on stories that we post, over the past several years we've seen an increase in racist remarks, personal attacks and posts that otherwise violate our terms of use.

In an effort to keep our online comment threads more professional, WIS decided to switch to a system  allowings only those with a Facebook account to post comments on  Our intent is to create a method that allows readers to engage in a more healthy dialogue about the content on our site.

As expected, the feedback from our online readers has been both positive and negative.  One reader writes:

"I just want to commend WIS for taking the commendable stand.  The racist remarks and ugly degrading comments have been disturbing for quite awhile.  I stopped reading your online news as often as I used to for this very reason.  Now I'm back!"

On the flip side, another reader complained:

"Some of us do not like to use social networking sites and still want to contribute important comments to news articles.  What you have done is an injustice."

The option to create a Facebook account to continue taking part in the conversation is up to the user.  The account is free, and, once created, requires no other maintenance or participation.   To create an account, simply go to  And while you're there, be sure to "like" WIS on Facebook.

That's my perspective.  Let me hear from you!