Yet another site to ban anonymous com...

Yet another site to ban anonymous comments

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#1 Aug 24, 2013
(CNN)-- Arianna Huffington is fed up with the trolls.

The founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post says that starting next month, she will require readers to identify themselves by name in the comments sections of her eponymous news site.

Huffington made the off-the-cuff comment in a Q&A session after a speech Wednesday to a crowd of 4,000 at a conference in Boston, according to spokeswoman Katie Burke of HubSpot, a marketing software company that hosts the conference.

"Freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they're saying and who are not hiding behind anonymity," Huffington told the audience. "Maintaining a civil environment for real conversation and community has always been key to the Huffington Post.

"From day one, our comments were pre-moderated, and we invested in the most advanced moderation technology along with human moderators," she said. "Now we want to go a step further to evolve our platform -- which has always been about community and engagement -- to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet."

In other words, the Internet "trolls," or nasty anonymous commenters, have gotten worse. The Boston Globe, which covered Huffington's speech, quoted her as saying that "trolls have become more and more aggressive and uglier."

Websites have long grappled with how to police users who hijack comment threads with posts that range from snarky to untruthful to downright vicious, their animosity protected by anonymity. Sites like JuicyCampus and CollegeACB got the ax after existing for several years as hosts for anonymous gossip. In recent years the problem has taken tragic turns, as cyberbullying on social media and other platforms has been blamed for several suicides.

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Aug 25, 2013
Been trying to find this one article on the future of computers. It had a timeline. This one was on the 2025 part of the timeline.
One was that due to various reasons, one would have to use one's DNA from one's blood to log on. That the testers would be made to be a required part of computers.
And that the being able to use multiple monikers/avatars would no longer be possible. Since you would only be able to use your real name due to the computer records would only allow you to do so thanks to the DNA. As well the DNA scanner would be needed to access the net as well.
I can see a usage for it, trolls like the seattle one, the texas one, & the green bay one would not be able to use all the monikers they created thru the years.
Reason I don't say former trolls. Is that as far as I know, the texas one, pops in still. And the green bay one is using a different site for it's various monikers. And I'm hoping that the seattle one does not find it's way back here.

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