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Squidboy October 29th, 2013 5:51pm

Emily Bazelon generalizes that online anonymity is 'poisoning civil discourse' with 'largely vile and defamatory comments' (trolls) & thinks identify should be linked to comments. Others feel this inhibits free speech. Pick a side:

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FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/29/13 3:37 pm

How does linking your name to comments inhibit free speech?...

huskermedic Cincinnati
10/29/13 5:22 pm

It may not be the real name. I could see a lot of identity theft in requiring your real ID on a comment page.

Vincere Seattle
10/29/13 3:20 pm

1. Don't divulge personal info on the internet
2. Ignore/avoid trolls.

ajpreyes Laveen
10/29/13 1:42 pm

I today's Information Age ignoring trollers isn't always an option. I recently received death threats, to my cell phone and stating the name of my lover and my address, from a troll because of positive comment regarding LGBT folks in another ...

ajpreyes Laveen
10/29/13 1:47 pm

... forum. I had to get the police involved, and the Fed authorities since it's online and between states. Being anonymous doesn't help free speech, it sets up a environment where there are no consequences for what you choose to say.

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
10/29/13 11:28 am

I don't think that would be necessary.

JiveYoungKing The Banter Boy
10/29/13 11:03 am

Or here's another solution: ignore trolls and stop being so sensitive to what a random username said to you. That's a novel idea.