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New and Improved Way to Comment

Tablet Magazine is changing its commenter policy

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Readers of the blog as well as the rest of Tablet Magazine may notice something different: from today going forward, all commenters on articles and blog posts will need to log in via Facebook, Google, Twitter or Yahoo before discussing them below, through the popular Disqus platform.

In requiring commenters to sign their names to some extent, Tablet is becoming more, not less, typical of online news outlets that publish articles that frequently prompt robust engagement. The change is designed purely to improve the comments themselves. We hope that this change will lead to sharper, more penetrating exchanges among commenters, and among commenters and authors and editors; slightly more civility (but not too much!); and above all a greater feeling of community among Tablet and Scroll readers.

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COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Thank you.

I sincerely believe that the use of both pseudonymity and anonymity often contributes to the incivility one often finds on internet fora. I expect that this new policy will improve the quality of discussion on Tablet.

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