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The Power of a First Sentence

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.

Let's Do Away With Anonymous Posting

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 08.27.2013 | Technology
Anthony Hatcher

The current decline in civil discourse comes from many quarters. People decry the lack of common courtesy in debates large and small. I maintain that anonymity on the Web is one factor in this decline, and if everyone with an opinion to share had to back up that opinion with a signature, there might be more restraint.

Should Facebook Be the Web's Comment Police?

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

A new Facebook commenting add-on puts even more power in the hands of Facebook which not only has 600 million people visiting its own site, but now has its tentacles into perhaps millions of other websites.

Announcing the HuffPost Pundit Badge Program

Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Clark Estes

Commenters earn a Pundit badge by consistently contributing insightful, informative, and engaging commentary. They are being recognized for driving discussions and adding value to our news coverage -- regardless of their political leanings.

Remembering HumeSkeptic and CarlV

Kathy Marcel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kathy Marcel

Two of HuffPost's most prolific and committed community members recently passed away. The HuffPost Comment Moderation team would like to dedicate this post to their memory.

Announcing Improved Commenting Guidelines

Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adam Clark Estes

Today, we're unrolling a new and improved set of commenting guidelines to encourage an even more engaging conversation. Check them out here.