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Our Week In The Web, March 28, 2014
On Point producer Kat Richardson-Brewer is preparing for her Wednesday show next week on "conscious uncoupling" by illustrating her game plan on our office white board. (Dean Russell / WBUR)

On Point producer Katherine Brewer is preparing for her Wednesday show next week on “conscious uncoupling” by illustrating her game plan on our office white board. (Dean Russell / WBUR)

Now that Friday is here, it’s time for our regular wrap out of our week on the Interwebs.

March is pretty much over, for starters, which is crazy enough in itself. But what’s also worth pointing out is how important a moderate, civil presence on our message boards is to our entire staff. Without getting into specifics, it was a rather testy week on a few of our comment sections. It’s not entirely surprising, considering we did wade into the early 2016 waters with our Tuesday, March 25 hour on the candidacy in waiting swirling around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

We’re glad that we have so many passionate, devoted commenters across all of our web platforms. Like our callers during the live broadcasts, you are an important part of how we shape and plan our show each and every day. We’re proud of the community that’s developed there, and we’re also proud of how it normally moderates and modifies itself. Please respect our community rules and guidelines when commenting and participating in our online forums, and — most importantly — please continue to weigh in with your thoughts, suggestions and experiences. They are an essential part of what we do each and every day, and we’re glad to have you with us.

Also: take a minute and check out a new feature we’re exploring: the week in seven soundbites.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (3/21 – 3/28)

1. Week In The News: Flight Search, Annexation, Recall (March 21, 2014)

2. What We Find In Young Children’s Literature (March 21, 2014)

3. Hillary Clinton And The 2016 Question (March 25, 2014)

4. The United States And Europe, Facing Russia Now (March 26, 2014)

5. An End To Performing Orcas? (March 24, 2014)

Our Favorite Quotes From This Week

“I’m an American, and I’m very interested in America.” — Bruce Weber 

“The volunteers are local people, they know the people missing under the mud.” – Ted Warren

“The NCAA tournament is designed to deliver upset after upset after upset.” — Peter Keating

“Krispy Kreme is probably in better shape than King Digital.” — James Surowiecki 

“Apparently Putin’s not that stupid.” — Lilia Shevtsova

Our Favorite Comments (Facebook, Twitter and Disqus) From This Week

“Nothing compares to the camaraderie with fellow cyclists, and the feeling of being immersed in the country.” (@travisahall)

“How should we treat orcas in captivity? Uh… set them free? How is this even a question? If the public wants to see Orcas they can go for a ferry ride in Washington state and see them in the wild, which is much more enjoyable than watching them do tricks.” (Cory Pathfinder)

” I rode from Seattle to Rye, NH at age 64 in 2012. 3663 miles.It was so enjoyable to be an introvert for 6 to 8 hours per day seeing the U.S., and then turn into an extrovert at every Welcome To sign and meeting the best people you could ever meet.” (Frank Driscoll)

“I crossed two lanes of traffic for the “hot doughnuts now” sign today. Candy Crush doesn’t inspire such daring.” (@goodeedits)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

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