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Boston.com Tackles Comment Moderation and the Anonymous Commenter

Posted Jul 05 2010 12:00am

Anon Interesting post about the ramifcations of the anonymous commenter, the ins and outs of moderation and the effect on the Blogosphere.  Read the full post at Boston.com

...After years of letting anonymity rule online, many media heavyweights, from The Washington Post to The Huffington Post, have begun to modify their policies. The goal is to take the playground back from anonymous bullies and give greater weight to those willing to offer, in addition to strong views, their real names...

...But here are the people I didn’t hear back from: the screamers, troublemakers, and trolls (Internet slang for people behind inflammatory posts). Not a single one. The loudest, most aggressive voices grew mum when asked to explain themselves, to engage in an actual discussion. The trolls appear to prize their anonymity more than anyone else.

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