The Internet has made a great impact on all of our lives, allowing us to either identify ourselves for who we are, or allowing us to hide our identity or remain anonymous. Some are now challenging those who hide themselves by using fake names or by posting anonymous comments and are requiring they ID themselves. TechCrunch is experimenting with having comments posted using a Facebook ID before people post comments. TechCrunch states that comments are down since it employed what it describes as its ‘troll-slaying’ test.
According to the folks at TechCrunch, the numbers of comments is about one-half of what it once was. It also has come up with some evidence that supports its use of a Facebook log-on system to ID those who chose to comment. The TC people have stated that most of the anonymous comments were pure nonsense and had nothing to do with the discussion. The comments now appear to border on kindness and intelligence, which has surprised the staff.
But this one statement best describes what has happened:
‘Of course, neither is ideal. But nausea-inducing kindness is certainly better than rage-inducing assholeishness.’ I am continually criticized for my problems involving English grammar, so I am not sure of the word ‘assholeishness’ as a part of the English language. However, the word needs no Merriam-Webster definition to be fully understood.
Not everyone on the Internet supports nor condones this approach. Some are using the argument that those who comment will not be truthful having to log-on using their Facebook identity since their parents, friends, grandma, and others will see what they post. They believe that these family members and friends could do a Google, Bing, or Yahoo! search and see what they have said.
Robert Scobleizer claims that those who post comments hiding their identity are nothing but ‘cowards.’ He is attacking what he describes as the ‘authenticity’ crowd missing the benefits. He describes that the benefits of having more intelligent comments far outweighs the nonsense that previously was being posted in comments. The biggest benefit is that TechCrunch has not suffered from lower site views since requiring a Facebook ID before accepting a comment.
So here is my biased opinion. Having two blog sites here at LockerGnome is challenging and requires a good deal of time attempting to write articles that I feel may be of interest to you, our loyal readers. First we have to fight the spammers who never cease trying to get their shady products advertised in the comments section. Next we have those who hide their faces and make derogatory comments challenging me personally. One such comment posted last week mentioned that everyone knows that I work for Straight Talk.
Let me state that I do not, nor have I ever, worked for Straight Talk. My wife and I have Straight Talk phones that we purchased ourselves and we pay a service fee every month to use the it. I have received no credits, free products, nor other considerations from Straight Talk, nor will I seek any of these in the future. I just believe that Straight Talk provides a good service at a reasonable price.
I do not see any problem with having people identifying themselves before posting a comment. I believe it will eliminate the time-consuming process of having to manually deleting the trolls and cowards who do write idiotic comments.
So what do you think?