If you feel strongly, please share your thoughts ... of course, I think anonymice can actually vote, which may skew the results into oblivion.
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― Joe Biden
before they can be published.
but depending on how busy the person is doing the approving we could see fairly large spans of time between comments and kinda mess up spontaneity. The comment could be irrelevant by the time it's approved. I say we either have them or we don't. The internet is anonymous enough. Let people take at least some ownership for their comments.
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eliminate the complaint about anonymous comments being screened out?
I say, make 'em register. Then the crazies can write diaries, suppling us with endless hours of amusement.
if it isn't too much trouble. I just turned off anonymous voting on polls. I'd appreciate an accurate poll of registered users on this question.
I didn't see how low the numbers still were on the poll. This thread is fine. I'll be crawling back under rock now
We can start a thread for suggested screen names in case they are not feeling creative.
I'm pretty sure the green font color should be nixed, though.
I did just find a pretty good write-up on designing a non-partisan web site, and not allowing anonymous commentors was one of their suggestions for running forums.
At least you'll be able to see them coming.
Don't make people register. I often have something to say on blogs, but when I see that I have to register I don't bother to take the time.
Unless there is some problem that I am unaware of with anonymous postings, I would err on the side of greater inclusivity.
Some of it is true spam we can simply make go away, but other comments are simply argumentative and add no substance to the argument while allowing the commenter to hide behind the anonymous badge.Click on the hat to see all Citizen Journalist files
One could have a quick registration option - simply recording an email addy (Haloscan style) for the current comment, with an option for Full Registration, which would allow for the impulsive commenter to go ahead but would encourage full registration.
...er...or is that what's already here?
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Except that there's no requirement that the email address be real (it just has to look real -- firstname.lastname@example.org).
Was contacted by the Kissell campaign, they have been contacted by a tv channel in Charlotte looking for a senior political blogger that they can interview tomorrow.
If anyone is interested, please contact Steve Hudson at the Kissell campaign. (I'm not enough of a senior and two hours away from Charlotte!)
Between my ears...not so much.
you and Lance and SD and Screwy and all the rest of the amazing bloggers here are very wise and very inspiring! (but that was a cute remark!)
senior citizen or "elder" blogger?
Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
62 years or older....that kind of Senior. I'm only 53, not senior enough!
told you that! May I ask how old you are?
And I'm 30. You're kind people, mo. Thanks.
I'm the one who gave Steve your name. I didn't know how old you were, but thought I remember you saying you had grandchildren. They do want a blogger, though..not just a senior citizen. I'm 44, so I don't pass either.Click on the hat to see all Citizen Journalist files
told you that. You are two years younger than my oldest! You are a wise man! Have you heard from the bar yet?
Steve gave me a number and I called the person...Yogi. I live too far away and am not old enough....oh well, fame is fleeting....
Several years ago I volunteered with a group that had a completely wide open website. No registration, no identification.
One day a person posted an cute jpeg photo of themselves holding a peace protest sign. Someone else edited the jpeg so that the peace sign had Nazi flags on them and then reposted it on the website. On top of that this person received many physical death threats.
At that time I was VERY much in favor of not requiring website registration. Mainly because I saw it as a form of control that no one SHOULD have to put up with. My immediate response to the terrible situation described above was to suggest the website be shutdown until it could safely require ID of participants. Aka log-in. The website wasn't shutdown. In retrospect I'm glad but the same bad code is still being used. I'm amazed people havn't been swindeled or hurt. (I'm not suggesting this could or would happen on BlueNC. Just a example.)
Now that I've been participating on Orange Politics and other blogs/websites for a while I feel its very important to have honest website registration and identification of people who participate. Not just to protect people from physical harm but to preserve honest and fair communication. In short a peacefull online politics community isn't possible if you don't know who your debating with.
You would not believe the trolls that hijack threads over at OrangePolitics.org. The HARD work involved in managing this situation should not be underestimated.
Its not just that we disagree with what the trolls say but they comment so much and so voluminously (500-100 words a COMMENT) that they muddy the whole conversation. Who has time to read and comprehend all of that text? You are forced to scan comments. This doesn't give you a good understanding of the complicated topics.
Keep in mind all of these comments are archived on this website and on search engines like Google. I believe they will be available to anyone who wants to read them in the entire world for a long time. Right now we can datamine this info to learn very detailed things. Future technology will be even more successful at this. If you're going to say stupid shit then you should have the guts to claim it with your own name.
Please require registration with a valid email address, a first and last name, and have clear and strong community rules for posting. If someone really wants to protect their anonymity they can still do it. All they have to do is get a free email address, make up a realistic name, and act politely in the comments. Use other anonymity tools to protect yourself.
Sorry for the supper long comment. Its only about 460 words long. :)
and I read every word...didn't scan. ;) I agree completely. What I see is the attempt not only to hijack the thread, but to waste our time so that we can't get more productive things accomplished. I don't like to leave comments like that without a response, but do they really deserve a response?
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I actually registered at RedState for awhile with a free hotmail account just to engage in debate - not to be a troll. Of course, as soon as they found out I wanted to ask questions and have them answered the banned me, which is not what we are looking to do here.
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