Friday, June 13, 2008

Policy Change for Comments

I have been requested, with good reason, to change my policy regarding comments to this site. Moving forward, “Anonymous” comments will no longer be allowed.

This does not mean any user will need to disclose his identity. Rather, before posting a comment to this site, you will either need to register with Google (it’s free and only takes a few minutes) or with any of the other sites that participate in OpenID, such as WordPress or AIM.

If you look at the many handles people use in posting comments, you will find that the vast majority are, in fact, still anonymous. All users will retain the option to post anonymously but under an assumed identity; think of it as being a superhero without the leotard.

I realize this will be an inconvenience to many, especially those who don’t feel comfortable with web surfing, and I am deeply sorry I need to make this change, but I’m afraid the circumstances warrant the new policy.

I understand many people will choose to not post rather than register with Google, and we will all be poorer from their lack of input. However, I encourage everyone to please register and continue the lively discussions we have. Hopefully, the new policy will lead to an even greater sense of community on this site.

Should anyone have any questions regarding the new policy or how to create an account, please email me at aberdeener@gmail.com and I will happily help you through the process.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support.
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5 comments:

mrsb said...

I think this is a great idea.

aberdeen2009 said...

Aberdeener,

What happened?
Who requested it?
I hope you are not being threatened.

Aberdeener said...

Aberdeen2009,

Thanks for your concern.

Nobody has threatened me in any way. Nor am I concerned for my safety or my family's well being.

I've been asked to not share details but it's my hope that once we begin posting with aliases, we'll exercise a bit more self-restraint in what we say and what we do.

matawan advocate said...

A great idea. We applaud you for your investigative reporting. You sure you don't work at the NY Times? ;-)

brianinthebeach said...

I like the idea too.