Comment isn’t free: The Sun Chronicle comment paywall

From tomorrow, the Sun Chronicle, a Massachusetts paper, will charge would-be commenters a nominal one-off fee of 99 cents. But it has to be paid by credit card, which means providing a real name and address.

And the name on the credit card will be the name that will appear on comments. So it’s goodbye to anonymity.

(via Paper puts up a paywall for comments –

This actually strikes me as a pretty good idea. I’d return a degree of anonymity by allowing people to choose a display name though. The small fee would stop 99% of trolls dead anyway.

I did notice that the Sun Chronicle had no comments on any of the recent stories I checked. They seem like a pretty small operation though.

I wonder if a service like Disqus could centralise a scheme like this?

EDIT 2011.10.30: Originally I had titled this post Paying for free speech: The Sun Chronicle comment paywall, but decided to change it on a whim. ;)


2 thoughts on “Comment isn’t free: The Sun Chronicle comment paywall

  1. I think it should be the other way around – they should pay me for my opinion :-)Now there’s an interesting idea!

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