Community paper to charge for… comments!?

By Cory Bergman 

That’s right, the Sun Chronicle, a small Massachusetts paper, will begin charging users a one-time fee of 99 cents to post comments on the site. The user’s real name, from the credit card, will appear on the comment.

The paper has struggled with comments in the past, and the publisher says he hopes the new plan will “eliminate past excesses that included blatant disregard for our appropriateness guidelines, blind accusations and unsubstantiated allegations”.

Hmmm, I have my own doubts, but I’ll ask, will it work?