Anonymous commenters really frustrate me. These are the people that will comment on a blog post and will not leave any information about themselves. No web address, no email address, or their real name. There are a few reasons why this practice bothers me.
Communicating on the Internet has some significant downsides. It is very easy to give people the wrong impression about what you are trying to communicate. It’s also very easy to be misunderstood. However the more we know about each other the better able we are to understand. When people comment anonymously it makes understanding that much more difficult.
I put my name behind everything I write so people can call me on it. Everyone should be able to read what I write so they can understand me and judge what I say. There is such a thing as righteous judgment (John 7:24). The body should have every opportunity to figure out if I am an idiot or not. They should also be able to call me on it if I am idiot. Anonymity makes this impossible.
It often reveals a lack of courage
Some people are brave enough to make all manner of accusations against someone but they aren’t willing to suffer any consequences for their actions. They don’t want to put their name behind their words because someone might make unfair remarks about them. This fear is not unfounded. People on the Internet can be jerks and say all manner of nasty things. However no one said standing up for truth would be easy and painless.