Comments return to blogs

Call it a soft launch, but on Tuesday we reactivated comments on the blogs.

You can now add your thoughts, opinions or concerns to the additional reporting posted to The Record’s 17 staff written blogs, many of which have several contributors.

This change does not return comments to articles, however. An announcement will be made when that happens as well.

The first thing you’ll notice is that our comment software has changed. We’re now operating on the Echo platform.

The first difference is the user interface. Here’s an example:

The comment box is placed on top, with the comments below. (I apologize for the self promotion here, but I thought I’d demonstrate on the Multimedia Reporting blog and one of Ian Hill’s posts.)

More than that, though, you’ll notice a change in how we social network, thanks to Echo. You can use your Facebook, Twitter, Google Friends, Yahoo Friends or FriendFeed accounts to post comments on our blogs. You can also send what you are posting to the social networking sites listed above.

What does this mean? More flexibility in the social networking arena for our blog comments.

Comments will continued to be monitored by the staff and our bloggers. We have new community guidelines, however, posted here. I encourage all of our comment posters to familiarize themselves with our guidelines and the Terms of Use.

As always, we will not tolerate abuse.

If you have questions, please contact me at Web content producers Kirk Barron ( and Ian Hill ( can also answer questions concerning the blog comments being restored.

We look forward to having you rejoin the conversation.

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