housekeeping

Over these past few months, we’ve reported on a series of hot-button local issues that have included an election, rising rents and the selection of a new school board member. The stories have generated a lot of reader interest – and a growing number of anonymous personal attacks have been posted into our comments queue.

As someone who has edited local news websites for nearly seven years, I can tell you that there are few parts of the job that are more challenging than managing reader comments in a way that is respectful of both the commenter’s thoughts on a public figure or issue and the writers, staffers and policymakers who are on the receiving end.