Before I say anything, let me take full credit for the fantastically poor use of statistics in our recent post about the comments section. 24 minutes per comment? I promise to stay away from math here…
But I stand by the point I was trying to make, and one that most of you understand: moderating comments is a time-consuming, thankless task. Burnout is a common byproduct.
You all provided some great feedback, thank you.
But for all the suggestions, “use volunteers,” “try this software,” “make comments a paid subscription,” it comes down to this: we are a shoestring organization, and operate on very limited resources.
Yes, we could use volunteers! But even finding them requires someone to go out and recruit (anyone interested?). Adding moderators requires training (anyone volunteers?). As I write this, I realize that I’m not sure if that last period after the parenthesis is necessary; we could use a good copyeditor (anyone interested?).
You get the point: we can use volunteer help. (And oh yes, we need donations but that’s for another post. We are pleased to have been accepted again into the NewsMatch program for 2019.)
Where can we use the help? You name it. Want to sell local ads? Come on over. Want to organize a fundraiser (or ‘friendraiser’)? Send us your email, we’ll get back to you. Are you good at grant writing? OMG, we’d love to meet you. There is money to be raised! (Contact us at [email protected])
Over the past few years, NancyOnNorwalk has gained momentum. We’ve expanded our board of directors, raised enough money to pay Nancy a living wage, and had a few bucks left over to join key professional organizations. We’re also just starting to hire a (small) handful of freelancers to help Nancy with editorial work. And Nancy has received one of the highest awards statewide for excellence in journalism.
But don’t kid yourselves into thinking we are highrollers over here. Which is why, when we find ourselves immersed in comments moderation, we want to make sure that the price we are paying to deliver these comments is worth it to you.
A commenter by any other name….
As a result of our asking, many of you brought up another controversial topic: should we require the use of real names?
So, we’ve created another short survey for you, and invite your feedback. Should we require real names? Would you comment more – or less – if we did? If commenting were a paid-only option, would you participate?
Then enjoy this last weekend of summer!