11/30/10 103 W - + 13 - 6 Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt

That's the title of this morning's thought-provoking and perhaps comment-provoking editorial in The New York Times. A product design manager at Facebook offers a perspective on anonymous trolling, with the latter being defined as "the act of posting inflammatory, derogatory or provocative messages in public forums." The problem is human nature, the writer writers. Anonymity increases unethical behavior, research has long-shown. How do you combat the problem on social networks? She talks about promoting accountability. Having content providers moderate comments and forums. Use commenting services. And, she says, stop allowing anonymous comments. Your thoughts? Read the editorial.

I would be fine with having an account in order to post to this blog, to include a profile of myself if necessary. I don’t ever post anything that I wouldn’t say to my Chiefs or Town Manager, etc. I think it would greatly cut out some of the inflammatory comments and perhaps lead to some more educational discussions if everyone knew who you were. (Most of us know each other anyway!)
Bob P. - 11/30/10 - 17:22

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