This is exactly how NOT to do your comments section.
See the problem there?
Does this local news site (Verde Independent) really get that much spam that their built in filters can’t catch them that they NEED a capacha? And really, a captcha would be fine. A little annoying, but fine. Lots of sites have them.
BUT to then add insult to injury: REQUIRE EVERY FIELD AVAILABLE!
I don’t like giving out my FULL NAME to begin with, and email… well, that’s actually understandable. But, you do NOT need my phone number. I never gave my real phone number to Radio Shack, I’m certainly not giving it to you.
Look, newspaper guys… do you want to know how to make MORE money, get more hits on your website and let the community you are supposed to be serving engage in a CONVERSATION? make it easier for them to engage you and comment on stories.