News Site is Making Readers Prove They Understand Story before Posting Comments

A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee typing on a computer keyboard at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)


Norwegian public broadcaster NRK has added something different to its website to try to prevent people from leaving angry, nasty or worse comments on its stories, or attacking other commenters -- a quiz. Anyone who wants to leave a comment on a story on the site first has to take a short quiz made up of three multiple-choice questions that are about the content of the article. NRKbeta editor Marius Arnesen explained the reasoning behind the quizzes to Nieman Lab, saying, "If you spend 15 seconds on it, those are maybe 15 seconds that take the edge off the rant mode when people are commenting." The intent is also to try to keep comments thoughtful and focused on the article, making sure commenters have actually read it. 

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