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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Editor's Note

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

Posted by Editor on 06/13/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

As long as Facebook commenting isn't used, I think it's weird to require a full first and last name. Last initial should really be enough. But I understand your rationale

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Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 06/12/2014 at 12:23 PM

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Trib/Mercury news don't have a facebook only policy. They use Oauth open id, which allows comments via several different services. You also fundamentally do not understand the purpose of it - one thing it isn't used for is elimination of anonymous comments. That policy is shifted to the individual services, such as yahoo, live.com, aol. Among them only facebook demands user's real identities, and even then policing is lax. And you should go look who actually comments on the Trib using their real facebook, if you want to see how that elevates the discussion. Bona fide morons, nearly all of them, and pretty nasty as well.

The fact that you specifically forbid anonymous comments reveals you to be cowards and frauds, and terrified of critisism as only the truly mediocre and pretentious can be. I hope in the future you have the good sense to refrain from editorializing on privacy issues, or drone controversies, since you've outed yourselves as massive, smelly, sanctimonious leftier-than-thou hypocrites.

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Posted by Alfred Packer on 09/07/2013 at 8:39 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was removed because it violates our new policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

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Posted by Editor on 12/13/2011 at 3:19 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

Bravo! An excellent decision, and one I hope will be emulated by other media organizations in the coming year.

Eric Westby,
Berkeley, CA

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Posted by Eric Westby on 11/22/2011 at 10:54 AM

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Of course anonymous comments will present the problems you outline here. Probably also to include some you don't mention.

Still, I remain firmly against not allowing anonymous posting generally. A sufficient argument that this should not be done is that it restricts free speech, but I am also finding no comfort in the idea that disallowing anonymous comments results in an improvement of discourse. So what? That's not the point really. Keeping ignorance and stupidity and ill intent OUT will improve discourse...but these are ordinary components of free speech. I notice you are not suggesting not posting comments flavored by these.

Finally, as others observe, there might be a good reason for wanting to remain anonymous. I find the "let's check your papers" aspect of using Facebook and the like as an identifier extremely invasive. Wanting to keep your right to privacy by denying such a procedure should you wish to do so is worth protecting.

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Posted by terrybake on 11/04/2011 at 6:21 AM

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How will you determine who is using their real name in creating an account?

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Posted by J.B. Schwartz on 11/03/2011 at 6:02 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was deleted because it violates the Express' new commenting policy, which bars anonymous commenting. See a full explanation of the change here.

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Posted by Editor on 11/01/2011 at 10:59 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was deleted because it violates the Express' new commenting policy, which bars anonymous commenting. See a full explanation of the change here.

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Posted by Editor on 11/01/2011 at 9:48 PM

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For more on this see "You are Not a Gadget" by Jaron Lanier. He makes a good case for why anonymity has been so destructive on the internet.

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Posted by chrisg on 10/31/2011 at 1:11 PM

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anonymous! but our lives are that! what happens when privitization ends? it has but some are not willing to admit some news does need to leak so some wont reak of evil! so what if its about a carmen of oakland ca? so what if its about a frisco boy? they are news and THEIR actions speak louder than any anonymous life how about that? nyse is over but these two are people who did it for them is that such a good thing to keep private? not really because they like long distance phone bills

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Posted by paulina castenas on 10/27/2011 at 4:22 PM

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Very good policy! I've always used my name but sometimes thought I was peculiar since so many did not.

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/26/2011 at 11:35 PM

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"You Perata lovers sure are thick-headed and thin-skinned."
"I guess I'll have to explain this post to you since you're obviously too dimwitted to understand what it's about."
"It seems pretty pathetic that someone has to spell this out for you."
-Posted by Robert Gammon

Posted by Your Name Here on 09/10/2011 at 7:59 AM

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Good for you, Lawngun. A great book.
Please no pictures, some of us need to lose serious weight.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/05/2011 at 5:37 PM

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Yes, she did. I wonder why EBE did not encourage commenters to include their picture on their posts, like I do? (There, this thread is back on topic.) Before you say, "Hey, that's just a spider", think Charlotte's Web. I read the book 21 times.

Posted by Lawngun on 08/05/2011 at 3:07 PM

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Thanks, Lawngun. Did Bella die in 1998 ?
Thanks, yoyo, I learn from you every week.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/05/2011 at 2:56 PM

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Had you said 1999, it may have cast some doubt as to the veracity of your story. 1977? I'll buy that.

Posted by Lawngun on 08/05/2011 at 10:53 AM

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I never realized "typo" was a verb. You learn something new every day....:)

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/05/2011 at 10:45 AM

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On my comment on Mom and Bella Abzug, I typoed the year, it was 1977, not 1997.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/05/2011 at 10:20 AM

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I take it back. It DOES get better. LOL. :)

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/04/2011 at 6:58 PM

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