Friday, January 31, 2014
Anonymous Comment Policy
I've mentioned it in passing, but thought it might be a good idea to officially announce my policy on Anonymous blog comments. It's this: I allow Anonymous comments, but almost never respond to them. Anyone who comments can choose the "Name/URL" option, and leave their name and an optional URL (blog, facebook profile, whatever) without being signed into Blogger or Google. I leave this option open because I want people to feel free to join in the discussion without being registered to websites, and I am forced to leave the Anonymous comments option open, because that is how Blogger is set up, otherwise I would get rid of it.
My personal opinion of Anonymous opinions and discussions is that it's the equivalent of yelling something at me from a car window while driving past me. Anybody who reads my blog or follows me online has the luxury of that much information about me - but I have none about you. It's a very uneven distribution of accountability. I'm a visible person online - my full name is attached to everything I write, on every social media account I have. I want to have discussions - but I don't want to have them with someone who won't introduce themselves to me. If you're not willing to share your name with me, that tells me you're interested in having your words read, but not interested in developing any meaningful discussion with me. And a one-sided discussion is not a discussion.
So if you post Anonymously, say your words, drop your mic, and that's fine - but until I see that I'm talking to someone willing to be held similarly accountable for their words, I won't be writing back.