Recently the issue of posting "anonymous" comments here was brought up by a few people, including Thom Page who posted his thoughts:
Kevin: Time to raise all of your blog to the next editorial level.
The comments section will gain great integrity by abolishing "anonymous" entries. Being held accountable is the time-honored rule for insuring truthfulness and weeding out "trash". You live or die on the truth when publishing your articles, and should expect more from your commenters.
Bruce Rubenstein and I both strongly advocated for this with Cityline earlier this year.
Anonymous entries may be titillating, but watch comment quality skyrocket when authors are identified. Afterall, "We The People" entries have such credibility, in part, because your name is attahced to them.
Make ALL of your blog first class.
Food for thought.
For me it is a tough call because I think many posters who put their comments up here would fear for their jobs or other reasons if their names were associated with their comments. For the most part, I think the comments posted here, even if anonymously, have remained civil and pretty much respond to the topic.
Apparently Colin McEnroe of the Courant and WNPR radio is also looking at the issue. Here are his postings on his blog and a couple interesting links with more info.
Click here to read Colin McEnroe's blog
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