A Jewish magazine is testing an unusual solution for toxic internet comments

Want to comment on a story on Tablet magazine’s website? You’ll have to pay. The Jewish “daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture” is testing a new monetization method that scans like a modern day Indulgence: to leave a comment, you must select and pay a rate: $ 2 a day, $ 18 a month, or $ 180 a year.

It’s a mitzvah!

“[T]he Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion,” writes Tablet editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse, “sometimes allowing destructive — and, often, anonymous —individuals to drag it down with invective (and worse). Instead of shutting off comments altogether (as some outlets are starting to do), we are going to try something else: ask those of you who’d like to…

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