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Commenters Like Troll Crackdown

The Press crackdown on trolls is being met with thumbs up. Here's a few samples:

  • Dan English: “The 'new and improved' atmosphere is greatly appreciated. And it's not so much new as just a chance to return to good old fashioned discussions with some reasonable boundaries that are not always attack based.”
  • Mary Souza: “I applaud your efforts to limit personal attacks and keep the conversation focused on the issues. Encouraging people to use their real names might help too.”
  • Brent Regan: “Mike's (Patrick) perspicacity is impressive. He has correctly recognized that the novelty of anonymous blogging is waning as people recognize that fear is a weak replacement for respect. Opinions whispered from behind a curtain will never be valued as greatly as those spoken in the harsh light of the public square. If you wish to speak without consequence for your words then the words you speak will be of no consequence.”

Question: Do you think the “novelty of anonymous blogging is waning, as Brent Regan seems to think?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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