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Linglestown Gazette: B² editorial: Anonymous comments bad business

Thursday, January 22, 2009

B² editorial: Anonymous comments bad business

I posted a highly entertaining article yesterday penned by Jay Purdy that described his experience at Obama’s inauguration. Sadly, the post prompted several spurious comments from readers named “Anonymous,” a surname that is very popular on the Internet. I deleted comments that did not advance Jay’s story.

For now, Linglestown Gazette is set up to allow anonymous comments since the number of comments posted on the blog still is pretty low, making it easy to keep tabs on them.

But, let me make it crystal clear that anonymous comments are bad business because readers who post them have no accountability for their views and allegations. The lack of accountability oftentimes results in personal attacks against other readers. This is unacceptable in my book.

My goal with Linglestown Gazette is to provide an upstanding source of news and community info about Linglestown and Lower Paxton Twp, and accountability is a mark of all trusted journalistic enterprises.

So, those of you who opt to remain in the closet, please keep your comments clean and out of the gutter.

In saying this, note that my goal is NOT to stifle comments – nothing could be further from the truth. It’s all about creating a situation in which readers will feel comfortable expressing pro and con opinions that thoughtfully add to the content that shows up on Linglestown Gazette.


At 11:23 AM, Blogger Doran Payne said...



I really have nothing further to add, since you summed it up nicely double B.




At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Q said...

Amen, brother.

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard that Obama has signed to close down GITMO by the end of the year. Does anyone know what Obama plans on doing with these prisoners? I don't know much about politics and did not vote (I know that was stupid, but I did not favor either one.) but, is this really a smart move?

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Harry said...

To anonymous - the comment doesn't really relate to this post, but in case you check to see this, I'll answer your question.

They will be closing Gitmo, but not before what they decide what to do with these people. It's essentially a goal to have it shut down by the end of the year, but it's going to take some time to figure out how to process these people into the system.

They have an idea of what to do with these people - which is to put them into the court system - but the first part of this investigation is to figure out how best to go about this.

Essentially, this administration is starting at square one, because the prior administration (apparently) never tried to look into this.

Some argue that this decision is for the better, others argue that they're at Gitmo because there was no other place for them.

P.S. I would suggest registering an account with Google, or even selecting the Name/URL option and creating a name for yourself. You don't have to supply a URL.

At 4:55 PM, Blogger  said...

Thanks, Harry. I'm not in the know about Gitmo.

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your answer Harry.

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Tom G. said...

Oops! I was one of the anonymous posters. But I did stay positive. Rookie poster error!

At 8:35 PM, Blogger  said...

Welcome, Tom G. Thanks for reducing the Anonymous Club's membership by one. :)


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