“… The debate over anonymous comments has been building in newsrooms for a decade. Old-school journalists argue the optimistic predictions of Internet comment boards brimming with the wisdom of the crowd haven’t panned out. Instead, they say, news organizations tarnish their reputations by hosting comments that are often snarky and factually inaccurate … “
How far should newspapers go to defend—if at all—the identity of an anonymous commenter? READ
Many people are anonymous or pseudonymous on the internet because it isn’t safe for them to be otherwise. Please don’t overlook the very real issue of the vulnerability inherent in requiring internet users to use one “legal” name everywhere they go. See also.