Reuters just announced a new initiative to make their comment boards more thoughtful. In the new system, good commenters are rewarded with points which makes it more likely their comments are approved and bad commenters get points taken away. The blog from Richard Baum, Reuters Global Editor for Consumer Media requested that people spell correctly and refrain from using unecessary capital letters. We imagine a direct plea from the Head of Reuters to the trolls of Reuters.com
TO: the trolls of Reuters.com
RE: stop saying rude things in the comments section !!
Look. I have had quite enough of you flaming trolls writing rude and flippant things on our pieces of serious journalism. In no way is “LOL” an appropriate or thoughtful reaction to an article about the global markets in rare metals.
If you didn’t learn to spell at school, then please restrict yourself to commenting on Youtube fan videos of Justin Bieber. There is no place for your illiterate ramblings on our valuable and high-quality website.
We only recognise words from the Dictionary and we mean the Oxford English Dictionary not the UrbanDictionary. Frankly I’m sick of googling your ridiculous acronyms to work out whether they actually mean anything or not, so STFU.
It pains me to have to repeat this, but in English capital letters belong at the start of sentences not in the middle of them, so please restrict your use of caps-lock. And honestly, we’re the journalists around here so we’re the ones who write the long things, and you are the ones who write the short things. That’s why what we write is called “articles” and what you write is called “a comment”.