North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record and Herald News, is restricting comments on northjersey.com to readers who use social media and identify themselves.
The unannounced change was made last week. Before that, readers who registered with the online news site could comment using a pen name or other alias.
It's unclear whether readers without a Facebook account can comment on stories and columns.
Eye on The Record can only speculate on why the change was made.
In the past, criticism of Road Warrior Columnist John Cichowski has been withering.
Critics have focused on his often inaccurate reporting and advice, and on how he has strayed far from his column's mission of going to bat for all commuters, not just drivers.
In general, comments on northjersey were civil, but there were a number of unhinged individuals who attacked each other viciously.
The Record of Woodland Park and other newspapers will only print letters from readers who provide their full name and town, and provide a telephone number for confirmation.
Eye on The Record received this comment last week: