In search of some John Hancocks

No more anonymous comments on

“Soon, commenting on will be available to all (subscribers and non-subscribers) but those comments will be treated just like Letters to the Editor. All commenters will be required to use their real name and town,” [Publisher Bill] Masterson states.

Newsroom staffers and those working in the public light rejoiced.

How much rejoicing?

In this Internet infancy, anonymity sadly became not only the norm, but expected.

It has led to the most mean, profane, crude, racist, sexist and outrageous personal attacks I’ve encountered.

My guess is the commenters would never say such cruel things to a person’s face.

It’s been wrong to allow this bullying and name-calling to go on under a cloak of anonymity.

But … but … whistleblowers!

Oh, that’s right. For every potentially useful piece of information, there are approximately 1,823 trolls.


  1. Roger Green »

    18 July 2013 · 8:11 am

    Wish they’d do that on the Albany Times Union site!

  2. Roger Green »

    19 July 2013 · 1:36 pm

    I only steal from the best:

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