GeneaBloggers Announces New Comments Policy and Features

Comments at GeneaBloggers

Effective immediately with all new posts, GeneaBloggers is instituting the following changes when it comes to commenting on posts and other content at the site:

  • No anonymous comments allowed. This was not a tough decision. I’m following the lead of Huffington Post which recently changed its policy regarding anonymous comments. Not only will this eliminate spam comments (I hope) but also cut down on the troll factor. My basic belief is that if you are willing to make your opinion known here, then do it as if you would get up and express it at any public venue such as a town hall meeting or a genealogy lecture. We’re trying to build community here. We’re not dealing with sensitive topics that require anonymity out of respect for the safety of the commenter. If you know of any roving band of genealogy “toughs” who track down commenters let me know.
  • New commenting options. Disabling anonymous comments means employing commenting tools which allow commenters to connect with their existing accounts on various platforms. So I’ve decided to use the Comments Evolved for WordPress plugin. Now readers can leave comments via Google Plus, Facebook and the Disqus system.

Finally, please take the time to read The Reason HuffPost Is Ending Anonymous Accounts. I love the reference to the scene in To Kill A Mockingbird!

Your feedback on this new policy and procedure is appreciated – so go ahead and take it for a spin!

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.