You're a Nameless Troll. What Do You Need Rights For?


Yesterday AgencySpy reposted an op-ed by Alan Wolk that generated a shit-ton of loose-cannon commentary.

There's a lot to be said about the culture of anonymous commenting -- that it lets people say things they wouldn't normally, which can be both good and bad.

But imagine a world where everybody who ever wanted to talk to you had to reveal all his name and contact information first. Sure it'd minimize a few random acts of verbal cruelty, but is a full-disclosure world one you'd want to live in? And can the ideal be scaled to the 'net in a practical way?

We went over other grays in this discourse last week while Wolk's post was still hot, but the topic's so milkable we figure this merits a poll.

Should anonymous comments be banned from the 'net? free polls
by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-09   Click to Comment   
Topic: Online, Opinion, Trends and Culture   

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I for one have always used my own name. I not ashamed of what I have to say - no matter how drunken and misguided they can be sometimes :)

Mind you, I did find "Soy is teh sucker! Nintendo Rulles!!11" on a vanity search once..oh dear...

Posted by: Floyd Hayes on April 28, 2009 3:18 PM

Angela: Just to clarify, the post was not about banning anonymous comments (something I don't support) but to ask what it is about the current state of our business that gets so many angry anon comments on ad sites. I mean you can argue that certain sites encourage that sort of thing, but when it hits banal news stories on Adweek, something's amiss.

Bill did a great job covering for you buys, btw. Smart move having him.

Posted by: Alan Wolk on April 30, 2009 11:38 AM