[Web4lib] Academic libs - allowing anonymous comments on your site?

Chris Magnusson cmagnusson at ci.hibbing.mn.us
Tue Mar 9 10:15:51 EST 2010

I am with a public library and almost all of the comments on our blog
have been authors trying to promote their books.

Chris Magnusson
A/P Clerk / Website Technician
City of Hibbing
401 East 21st Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
218-262-3486 ext 712 
218-312-9712 Fax/Voice Mail
cmagnusson at ci.hibbing.mn.us


-----Original Message-----
From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org
[mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of William Denton
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 8:45 AM
To: Melissa Belvadi
Cc: web4lib at webjunction.org
Subject: Re: [Web4lib] Academic libs - allowing anonymous comments on
your site?

On 4 March 2010, Melissa Belvadi wrote:

> But my concerns may be unfounded, so I'd like to hear any experiences,
> positive or negative, that other academic libraries may have had doing
> this.
> Do any of you have anything like this on your sites now? Did you try
> and later remove the feature?

At York U (http://www.library.yorku.ca/) we put the UserVoice feedback
on the side of all our pages.  Anonymous comments and suggestions are 
allowed, and after about six months there hasn't been a hint of any 
problems.  Not many people use it, but those that do say relevant stuff.

(I assume UserVoice is doing some antispam work I don't see, too.)

Aside from spam, I think the main problem libraries will have is people 
saying nothing, not people saying rude things.

William Denton, Toronto : miskatonic.org www.frbr.org openfrbr.org

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