Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Obnoxious Anonymous

Having at last grown tired of obnoxious and even cruel comments by the infamous "anonymous," I have decided to no longer allow anonymous commenting on the blog.

My apologies to those who I know prefer to remain anonymous for good reasons. I'd be happy to take your comments by e-mail, and then post them for you if you wish.

Thanks to all commentors for your contributions!



Blogger Joe said...

I always wondered about the fact you allowed anonymity in your combox.

I hope this will moderate the tone.



9:59 PM  
Blogger Estefanía Salazar said...


If some people have crossed the line, I agree, such measures ought to be taken.

I´ll comment from now on with my old Blogger account, which does not go by the Sofiesverden name (it is "Hazte Oír", meaning make yourself be heard). My current blog is the Livejournal one.

Thanks for letting us know. We´ll stick around ;)


11:00 PM  
Blogger mamagiglio said...

Isn't it amazing what some people will say on blogs, even when they are using an identity? I mean, things one would never say to someone's face seem to just flow right from our fingertips when we're anonymous, or even just on a computer. ah, well. You've got to do what you've got to do. Hope it helps!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Claire Joy said...

I've been pretty lucky (so far) in that my loyal readers (and only God knows why) blast my anonymous commenter(s) for me so I don't have to do it.

Don't blame you one bit.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Amy L. Cavender, CSC said...

Good call, Mark.

On the blogs I read, I'm often amazed at the number of obnoxious and/or cruel comments that come from anonymous posters.

There may, of course, be legitimate reasons for wishing to remain anonymous. But, in general, I think a good rule of thumb is, "If I'm not willing to put my name to it, I've got no business posting it."

With any luck, this move will improve the tone. (That said, I generally find your other readers' comments interesting, and often thought-provoking!)


11:10 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

There's a good (though in some cases good-naturedly profane) conversation going on at Lost on Twin Earth about this.

Although there are some good reasons for certain people to remain anonymous, I will repeat here what I said there: people who leave nasty comments that they refuse to sign are bullies and cowards.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

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4:15 PM  
Blogger ukok said...

Good for you!

Who needs the hassle of having to delete nasty/tasteless comments? If someone has something to say they ought to be prepared to back it up with a name or at the very least a blog that we can all laugh at.

6:41 PM  

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