Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Do you like the new registration requirement on SF K Files?

I'm hearing from some SF K Files readers who are struggling with registration on the site. Apparently, Open ID can be confusing. I have also noticed that the comments on this site are plummeting. I introduced registration to stop the spam that was popping up in the comments. Also, over the past year many readers have suggested that they would like registration to stop some of the mean-spirited comments. Do you like the registration? The comments are the heart of the SF K Files, so I want to make sure to maintain that part of the site. Please share your thoughts and offer up suggestions. Best, Kate

17 comments:

  1. I miss the freewheeling discussions and doubt I am the only one. I think people have stopped frequenting the site because of it.

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  2. People are much more candid when able to post anonymously. It's psychological ... of course we are still anonymous when using usernames, which can be anything, it's the act of having to sign in that is putting people off. Is it really so hard to just delete the Chinese SPAM that was happening? Why not try using the WORD RECOGNITION system to stop the spammers instead of making people register?

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  3. I could not get an OpenID registration to work but changed my Blogger account registration instead. It was a pain, I really had to want to comment. Now that I'm registered of course it's no big deal.

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  4. Well, one thing to note: Caroline's message has been up for two days and nobody has posted a nasty reply about her. That should count for something.

    But it really all depends on what the goal is. The freewheeling anonymous discussions were entertaining like a soap opera but not very informative. Turning on registration meant a decrease in quantity and a vast increase in quality.

    But honestly I think the dropoff in comments is more about timing. We're in a lull between the old people moving on and the new people just starting the kindergarten search. The only people left here are we addicts. It'll take a few months to rebuild a solid base of commenters among the new parents.

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  5. Mibb, her post was about school food,(zzzzzzz)

    if she starts using this forum again to trash charter schools, expect fireworks.

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  6. Well, my post may have been about boring school food, but its point was that ensuring that everyone completes and returns the school meal application can benefit your kid's school, including BRINGING IN MORE MONEY -- so that shouldn't put too many people to sleep.

    For those who are disappointed that it was so unprovocative, though, I have a current post on charter schools up on www.sfschools.org.

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  7. dont like registration.

    much good anonymous info about very sensitive topics will not be shared.

    this site will be a shell of its former self.

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  8. looks like an opportunity here for someone to start a new SF K Files Blog 2.0 with anonymous comments available.

    Easy to set up. Could be live this afternoon.

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  9. I like being able to see who posts different comments and it's still possible to remain anonymous. The high volume of mean-spirited comments didn't add value to the site, in my opinion.

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  10. registration is fine ... (and they also help to keep the threads readable. Far too often there were a dozen anonymous postings that made it difficult to respond (I really don't want to go back and look at times).

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  11. Ok, I finally registered just to make the comment that I really like requiring registration even if there are less comments. I think enough people will register when they really have something to ask or contribute to keep the blog interesting. I really don't care about the Chinese spam but I hate all the ugly, petty comments and those seem to have gone away. I'll still compulsively check this blog and will be happier to see a couple of new serious comments rather than a pile of nasty postings that remind me of junior high.

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  12. disagree with those who are adamantly opposed to registration. I think people should feel somewhat accountable for what they say. That doesn't mean you should be *identifiable* in terms of your real self if you don't want to be, but you should feel accountable for whatever your virtual persona says. At times I have been tempted not to post under my own name so that I could be really snarky, but usually in the long run I have been glad I resisted the impulse.

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  13. We'll see ... I think the end result of registration will be the death of this blog,

    but it will be a *polite* death.
    (YAWN)

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  14. Registration is good. This site was entertaining to read before but the signal to noise ratio was pretty bad. I don't think the goal of this site should necessarily to be entertaining at the expense of personal feelings.

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  15. I agree with reasons above that registering is a good thing. Accountability, readability (less wading through personal attacks), loss of snarkiness, etc. are all good results. Agree too, that it's "summer" in the K world - all of us who were fretting and freaking are now dealing with school! So, less action here. It'll pick up in Sept/Oct. As one of the people who asked for registration, I say THANK YOU!!! I like to "know" who I'm talking with.

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  16. The silliest thing is you have to register to tell you that you don't want registration. People aren't going to do that.
    Mibbs wrote:"Turning on registration meant a decrease in quantity and a vast increase in quality."
    ??? I don't see a vast increase in anything, certainly not quality. Boring posts, boring responses. Just a dead zone.
    But it's Kate's blog, she can kill it if she wants to.

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  17. If you look at the traffic on this list, during same time last year, it will dispel the 'slow period' theory of why people are not posting right now .... topics had 92 comments, 41 comments,

    the place was bouncin'

    but alas, no more.

    Probably for the best, I've wasted too much time here anyway! ;)

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