Sometimes the only comments I get on a particular blog post are spam comments, which I often find quite funny when I take the time to look at them. Spam or not, all comments on this blog have two things in common: the name of the commenter and an email address. Your email is not published, but your name is, provided you are not caught in the deadly spam filter and not published at all.
In my opinion, that is the only way it should be.
My intense dislike of anonymous commenting goes back long before blogs and the web existed. Remember “Letters to the Editor“? Most newspapers wouldn’t accept them without a name and address, but occasionally a letter would be published as signed by “anonymous”. Then my tirade against wimps who don’t have the guts or decency to stand behind their own words would begin. It made me angry that someone would not want to be identified with their own comments, and angry that the media would allow it.
The Web and it’s entire culture of concealment bugs me even more. People write entire blogs anonymously, as well as comment without identification. What kind of conversationalist are you if you are communicating with a paper bag over your head?
There are people who have gone to prison or even died for their words and convictions, and to comment or converse unclaimed is a mockery of them, at least in my world.
So why do bloggers allow people to comment anonymously? Is it to increase the numbers of comments? Help monetize the blog? Keep their mother from being identified? Whatever their reasons, I don’t like them.
Go ahead. Comment and try to convince me I’m wrong. Just leave your name.