The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 15, 2011
Chat live at noon today: Improving comments at

Here's a notice from Linda Gonzales, The Bee's digital team leader, about a live chat scheduled for noon today:

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 at The Scoop for a live chat at noon today. Share your opinions or ask a question about comments -- or anything else at, for that matter. Start the conversation in The Scoop's comments section , and we'll share some in the live chat.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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