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December 15, 2011
The Bee's Digital Team hosts: Improving comments at

December 14, 2011
Chat live Thursday: Improving comments at

If you read comments on, you know they run the gamut from helpful, informative or interesting to obscene, worthless or just plain cruel.

At their finest, comments are a place for engaging community discussion. They provide our users a way to connect. They add another dimension to the storytelling. That's what we're aiming for at

In the past few months, you may have noticed we're taking a more aggressive approach on monitoring comments. Reader comments appear in real time, and we depend on users like you to hit "Report abuse" when a comment violates the guidelines. Our moderators are more quickly deleting inappropriate and off-topic comments. We're closing comments on stories when comments get out of hand. And we're revoking commenting privileges for repeat and flagrant offenders.

So now we'd like some feedback. Join members of the digital team for a live chat at noon Thursday. Share your opinions or ask a question about comments -- or anything else at, for that matter. Start the conversation in comments here, and we'll share some in the live chat.

Come back here to The Scoop blog at noon Thursday to join the chat:

December 5, 2011
Friendly competition at The Bee is all for a good cause

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The Sacramento Bee's lobby is filled with mountains of canned goods -- all part of a friendly competition to benefit the Salvation Army. The "canstruction" food cans -- donated by The Bee and its employees -- will be given to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

What's happening at your workplace? Holiday donation and volunteer efforts are going on at companies big and small across the Sacramento region. Use the comments field below to tell us what's happening at your place of work. Share a photo in the reader holiday gallery at You can upload it here, or just email

Vote for your favorite: Check out The Bee "canstruction" entries and tell us which one is your favorite. Who knows, maybe you'll sway the judges! All the entries are pictured on our Facebook page:

Photo: "Canstruction" entries on display in The Sacramento Bee lobby. See all the entries on Facebook. Thanks to photographer Lezlie Sterling.

The Sacramento Bee Newsroom Can Project from Hector Amezcua on Vimeo.

About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

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