ONE day I was reading the newspaper's VentLine when I noticed a comment that seemed to refer to me:
"It is time for the genius who changed everything on the newspaper websites to admit it was a mistake and change it back. Now we have to go through Facebook."
Well, I guess it wasn't a direct reference to me. Besides, I prefer the term "super-genius."
Nevertheless, I'm one of the brain trust that made that switch.
Was it a good move? Lots of you have opinions.
I have read your points of view in email, online comments, tweets and, yes, Facebook statuses.
There was this: "Why don't you get rid of this stupid Facebook requirement so the average everyday person can make a comment without having to go through Facebook?"
Then this fellow addressed me directly: "Nobody is going to use this format Brad, not to have real and honest debate anyway."
And there was this: "This is starting to get pathetic. How many hits have you lost since you changed to this comment style? If you were going for more civility, you got it. This silence is extremely civil."
Some of those comments overstate their case, but let me assure you we're aware some people like the change and some people really, really don't.
For sure, there are some downsides to the new system.
There is value in anonymous comments, particularly for people who are being critical of government. Or for insiders who are offering story ideas that might get them in trouble.
Some people have jobs that don't let them have access to Facebook during work hours.
Some people just don't like Facebook and its ever-creeping, privacy-sucking tentacles.