The opportunity to post comments on stories on Sun Chronicle websites will be restored this week, Publisher Oreste P. D'Arconte announced today, with posters required to use their real names.
To enforce this change, all posters will be required to register their name, address, phone number and a legitimate credit card number.
The credit card will be charged a one-time fee of 99 cents to activate the account.
The poster's name as it appears on the credit card will automatically be attached to the poster's comments, as will the name of the community in which they live. Registrants will also be required to acknowledge they understand that under existing state and federal laws they are legally responsible for any comments they post. Registration under the new policy will begin at noon Wednesday.
This change is being made, D'Arconte said, in an attempt "to eliminate past excesses that included blatant disregard for our appropriateness guidelines, blind accusations and unsubstantiated allegations."
Posters who violate the guidelines will be banned from the site.
"This is a necessary step, in my opinion, if The Sun Chronicle is going to continue to provide a forum for comments on our websites," he added.
It will make commenting more consistent on The Sun Chronicle's online products and in its printed publications, he said.
All commenting on stories was suspended April 12 by D'Arconte. Affected were: