A new feature unveiled today on the Houston Herald’s website allows readers to comment on stories.

Users will be able to log in at the top of http://www.houstonherald.com with their Facebook profile. Each user’s real name will be displayed by his or her comment.

“Allowing user comments is something we’ve discussed and researched for quite some time,” said Jeff McNiell, the Herald’s assistant editor. “We wanted readers to engage in conversations and share their opinions. But at the same time, we didn’t want the name calling and mud slinging that often occurs on other websites when users are able to post anymously.”

A profanity filter provided by the Herald’s website host will help monitor comments. There is also a link for users to report abusive or inappropriate comments.
McNiell said the Herald reserves the right to remove flaming or otherwise offensive remarks.

“Our hope is that the dialogue on our site will be a positive for the community,” McNiell said. “I remind the public that the opinions expressed are not those of the Herald. Users are responsible for the content of their comments and should refrain from obscenities and keep discussions civil.”