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Improved story commenting begins today at

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:42 p.m. CDT has introduced improvements to story commenting on the website.

The new features allow story-commenters to respond directly to a comment in a thread and allow for better self-policing of the comments section.

Users can flag comments as offensive, off-topic or as spam. If a comment is flagged enough times, it becomes hidden to users and subject to review. Commenters also can “like” a comment similar to “liking” a post on Facebook.’s rules for posting have not changed. Repeat offenders are subject to expulsion. However, comments are no longer restricted to 48 hours after a story publishes.

Readers need to register and create a profile with Livefyre to participate in story commenting. Livefyre does offer the opportunity to register and create a profile with an existing social media account, such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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