The future of anonymous comments

From time to time I’ve considered instituting a real-names policy for Media Nation commenters. Take a look at this exchange and you’ll see why.

I know I would end up with many fewer commenters than I have now. Some folks who use regular pseudonyms add value, and I know there’s a good chance I would lose them.

But, too often, Media Nation — like most other Internet forums — has become a place where people come to say things behind a mask of anonymity that they would never say if they had to attach their names.



53 thoughts on “The future of anonymous comments

  1. O-FISH-L

    Dan, I'll pass your concerns along to Merriam-Webster. libel (noun) – 2 a : a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression.

  2. Dan Kennedy

    Fish: If you find yourself in court, you'll do a lot better with this:libel: An untruthful statement about a person, published in writing or through broadcast media, that injures the person's reputation or standing in the community.

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