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Is it time to get rid of anonymous comments once and for all?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
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Read this piece from Slate:

Troll, Reveal Thyself: Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments.
http://www.slate.com/id/2287739/

This is a really hot topic among online publications right now. Inside TechRepublic we've been having conversations about this for a couple years. The Facebook phenomenon is moving the Web away from anonymous commenting and toward people representing themselves more transparently online.

There are good arguments to be made that when people have their own name and reputation attached to their comments then you have a lot fewer trolls and personal attacks. The flipside is that you sometimes get less-honest dialog, and you have people who have a lot of reputation on the line in the real world who would be less willing to participate.

What do you think?

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No, and I'll tell you why that is completely stupid.

by seanferd In reply to Is it time to get rid of ...

1. Solves nothing. Trolls will be trolls, regardless.

2. Exposes an endless number of people to trolls and more dangerous types, like stalkers. (If you are a privileged white, straight, Christian male, you probably won't get this - fie on you.) Did we all not just tell Blizzard how absolutely retarded this idea is?

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Yes but...

by tech2734 In reply to No, and I'll tell you why ...

The posters on Blizzard's forums are not completely anonymous. There is SOME accountability. I don't feel that someone should have the ability to track you down in real life from your posts.

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How is that a "Yes but..."?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Yes but...

Sounds more like an "Amen" to me... but then I haven't been going to church much since they stopped paying me to...

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Actually...

by jasonhiner Moderator In reply to No, and I'll tell you why ...

Trolls rarely show up when they have to use their real names. This has been shown in multiple instances in recent years, with Facebook being the most obvious. Look at TechCrunch. Since they switched to using Facebook for commenting, its trolls have almost completely disappeared.

I'm not advocating for it (at least not yet), but getting rid of trolls is one of the main benefits of moving away from anonymous comments. The problem is the collateral damage (less participation in some cases, people aren't always as brutally honest, etc.).

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trolls can show up, and quite easily. Unless you insist on some form

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Actually...

of government identification to open an account on a forum, anyone can create a false identity. ****, I recently created a false Internet identity for a friend so they could get in and do things without their ex being able to track them via their Internet activities. As far as everyone else is concerned the name on the 'confirmed' email address and forum membership is legal and valid - but it's totally bogus, and took me about two hours to create, mostly waiting for the confirmation emails to arrive before moving onto the next stage.

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Facebook...

by Keighlar In reply to Actually...

There are still those of us out there that do not have, nor do we ever want a Facebook account. So... in order to post on our favorite forums we would have to do so? I don't think so. There are enough regulations forced upon our persons no matter what direction we turn. This would be one instance, since it's still in my purview, where I would refrain from participation rather than being regulated into a corner. We have little enough latitude left to make our own decisions. Facebook is a privacy nightmare. I think even if one was living under a rock for the past few years, they would still be aware of that.

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100 Percent Agree

by tech2734 In reply to Is it time to get rid of ...

Definitely! I can only imagine how much better the ENTIRE internet experience would be if people were actually held accountable for the garbage they spew all over the place

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You mean

by AnsuGisalas In reply to 100 Percent Agree

Like the way the spammers and botmasters are held accountable for the garbage they spew all over the place?
Less protection of privacy is not the way to go... it will only make it all the more of a sport for malicious people to hack honest people's accounts. There's absolutely No Point in making that particular lane of crime even more appealing!

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There's no support for that conclusion (hacking honest people's accts)

by jasonhiner Moderator In reply to You mean

Some people will still create false identities, but if the default is to use your real name then it tends to change the overall atmosphere and expectations.

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Yep as my Real Name is

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to There's no support for th ...

Jason_Hiner I will continue to post as I please and not worry about being the victim of Attack or theft.

NBL and it's not going to happen any time soon. FB is only good for showing just how stupid that Idea actually was and is a perfect example of why not to go down that path since it's now being used to Attack people.

OH BTW Jason you won $750.000.00 just send me a Peer Mail or reply here and I'll arrange to start the process to transfer the money into your Bank Account.

Yea Sure like that's going to happen.

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