K-Train had blogged about her thoughts on a recent game between the Philly Women and the New York Women and some possible “dirty” play, which drew serious ire from a few rather rude anonymous commenters and other more conscientious commenters who did identify themselves. Rachel’s posted that leaving an anonymous comment, especially a verbal attacking comment, is like starting a fight and then running away. I agree wholeheartedly with this.
So my new rule is that for all readers, if you choose to comment (which is awesome … stop lurking my little lurkers!), then I’ll continue to leave three options for leaving a comment:
1. If you’re a Blogger, you can sign in like usual.
2. You can sign off as “Other” which gives you a choice of signing a name without a Blogger account (Preferred!)
3. Anonymous (but you should still sign a name to your comment at the end!!)
I don’t want to bog people down with having to sign in just to leave a comment, but at the same time, I think all of us should OWN OUR WORDS. Further, leaving a name behind allows others to offer up discussion points to your comments if need be and the great conversations grow.
I won’t delete anonymous comments at first (unless they are completely stupid, useless or rude) but I’ll remind people about leaving a name. If anonymous comments prove to be a problem later, I will start deleting them if no names are left.
So help me out everyone … own your words. And Rachel had a great article on Blog Comment Etiquette here. As a reminder, I added a Comments section to the sidebar. 🙂
Thanks! – Blondie