More thoughts on anonymous comments

More thoughts on anonymous comments

I deleted a couple of comments recently. Here are a couple of items for critical anonymous commenters.

  • Using just your first name with no email address and no web address is still considered anonymous.
  • If you make a critical comments but are too afraid to put your name behind it I don’t have much use for you. You are avoiding responsibility and accountability for your actions.
  • If you make a personal attack against me or someone else and have your comment deleted it wasn’t because I can’t handle the truth. It is because your conduct crosses the line of ethical conduct.
  • I have a moral responibility to monitor comments to ensure no one’s character is defamed.
  • Critique all you want, but keep it about ideas.
  • If you don’t want people know your email address use my contact form. Look at “Contact” on the left hand side.
  1. #1 by Kristin on March 22, 2006 - 3:18 pm

    How does guideline 6 allow ALL of your readers to have a conversation? A blog is not just for a debate between two people, it’s an opportunity to have a community of people discuss things (or have them censored by host I suppose)

  2. #2 by Leighton Tebay on March 22, 2006 - 3:26 pm

    Most people use an email address or a web address or use a name that clearly identifies themselves to me.

    All are acceptable.

  3. #3 by Joel Schroeder on March 22, 2006 - 10:47 pm

    I agree LT. If you have an opinion, be it positive, or negative, you should have the guts not to hide who you are. All an anonymous comment says to me is “I’m not worth anything because the person expressing me doesn’t feel I’m important enough to claim as their own.”

    Too many people just feel that being anonymous on the web means that they can say anything they want without caring what it means. Kudos LT.

  4. #4 by scotty on March 23, 2006 - 8:49 am

    What Joel said.

  5. #5 by Christy on April 7, 2006 - 11:34 am

    Agree totally. I tell the few rabble-rousers on my blog that if you can’t give me your name, then I don’t take your comments seriously.

    We aren’t allowed the luxury of spewing hurtful remarks to people without consequences in real life and I’m attempting to keep the internet as close to the same way as I can. Too many people attempt to behave in a way on the internet that they wouldn’t dream in real life.

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