Norwegian news site makes readers pass test proving they read the post before commenting on it

NRKbeta, the tech page of Norway's public broadcaster, ran a story about proposed internet surveillance laws. But to comment on it, you had to know what was in the story.

The team at NRKbeta attributes the civil tenor of its comments to a feature it introduced last month. On some stories, potential commenters are now required to answer three basic multiple-choice questions about the article before they’re allowed to post a comment. (For instance, in the digital surveillance story: “What does DGF stand for?”)

My first thought is that it couldn't work in America or Brexit because the presence of the test itself would only generate its own towering buttnami of rage. People would pass the test just so they could chock up the comments with complaints about how the test censors them.

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  1. mocon says:

    Seems like a great idea!

    I assume. I didn't read the article.

  2. Ratel says:

    The one salient feature of towering Anglo rage buttnamis is that they must not take any actual effort.

  3. FAKE NEWS holy cow wat a jerk

    That's total and complete bullshit and you're an evil bastard. THE FROGS! THE FROGS ARE COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!! and the chemtrails, too


    Just this morning on Twitter, after I'd retweeted a NYT article about Sessions' perjuring himself, I got a reply from @AnecbotalNYT that intrigued me. The bot finds forum comments from the NYT site/story that are actually somewhat useful (that is, they're not a YT rage-screed) and devoid of insults and that sort of thing, and then replies to the RTer (in this case, me) with that comment:

    Pretty interesting setup is linked from the bot's bio info:

    **The Challenge**

    Online news outlets often suffer from a dearth of civility and quality in the discussions that emerge in news comments. Incivility can further polarize people's beliefs on issues. But there are high quality comments that are made too. Research shows that by curating and highlighting such high quality comments it can signal norms and expectations for comment discourse. This can improve the long term quality and viability of online discussion around important civic issues.

    The Project
    The CommentIQ project is about making it easier for community managers and moderators in a range of news organizations to quickly identify high quality comments that they can highlight on their sites. We are examining a range of automatically computed scores that can help identify the good stuff from the not-so-good stuff.

  4. False. None of these options are about Benghazi.

  5. Oblig.:

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