You've seen it on countless news sites: Well-written, thoughtful articles with angry comments that nothing to do with the story.
A news site in Norway is trying to solve that problem. NRKbeta, the tech section of public broadcaster NRK, now forces would-be commenters to answer three multiple-choice questions about the article before they can comment, Nieman Lab reports.
If everyone can agree that this is what the article says, then they have a much better basis for commenting on it.
The goal is to make sure commenters have actually read the article. Additionally, editor Marius Arneson said the quiz forces commenters to wait before ranting, which often "takes the edge off the rant mode."
Arneson said that NRKbeta, being a tech site and not a general news site, has a "pretty good commenting field" to begin with. But sometimes people find its articles from other sources, leading to personal attacks and other undesirable comments.
Of course, this being the Internet, people found ways around the quiz. One user posted code for a script to get around the quiz automatically. But NRKbeta journalist Ståle Grut said the quiz was mostly to stop people who ranted in the comment sections before reading at all.
Last week, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced it was testing an AI called Perspective to identify toxic comments, New York magazine reports.
Some observers praised the idea.
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