Would you rather register through Facebook?

I wonder how my criticky friends would like this approach to dealing with offensive reader comments -- just quit dealing with them and send them all through Facebook. , the Orange County Register's website, will begin using Facebook for its online comments starting Thursday, Register editor Ken Brusic announced today.

In a letter to readers, Brusic said the Register's goal has been to create a place where Orange County people can comment on stories, share their insights and engage in an ongoing community conversation. The current software, however, allows anonymous comments.

"While many signed up and interacted in good faith, others took the opportunity to use the public forum to post inappropriate and hateful speech," he said.


When the website switches to Facebook Thursday night, readers will need an account tied to their Facebook identity to comment on Register items. Facebook recently developed privacy controls allowing others to see only what you want them to see.

Brusic said the paper realizes some readers don't have or want a Facebook account and others may prefer anonymity for legitimate reasons.

"We encourage disagreements, debate and strong points of view," Brusic said. "We just want the discussion to be civil."

Other newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, also are converting to Facebook comments for their websites.

This is the wave of the future, friends. And as I've noted before, I'd prefer to keep anonymous comments, rather than go to Facebook-like registration. I think there's value in reasonable, unsigned comments; the only way to get there, though, is to preview and weed out the worst of the junk.
Which do you prefer?

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