The Latest Absurd Online Media Idea From Newspapers: Pay To Comment

Last week, Massachusetts’s Sun Chronicle newspaper launched a feature designed to minimize derogatory comments on the web site and make the paper a few bucks on the side.

Readers can write whatever they like, for a price.

If you want to comment on the site, you have to give the paper your real name, address, and credit card, and pay a one-time 99 cent bloviating fee.

Will this new self-moderation system work?

It will probably limit the number of drive-by arseholes who comment on the site. It will also, however, probably limit the number of folks who bother to comment at all.

So far, says, 22 people have signed up.

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