are the most valuable contributors to communities because they contribute the highest quantity and quality of comments." As anonymous
online contributors struggle to remain non-identifiable
, Disqus data show pseudonymous commenters are the best
. (most recently previously)
GigaOM writer: "Anonymity has real value, both in comments and elsewhere."
In the wake of the faux lesbian Damascus blogger, the question over whether or not to allow anonymous comments is being raised again. Some claim anonymous comments allow for dissent and are essential to democracy. Other claim that that anonymous comments lead to harsher, uncivil conversation that serves nobody. [more inside]
"Publishing anonymous, unvetted, and unreviewed commentary online
is hugely divergent from the policies of [mainstream media] publications' print editions. It's a different kettle of fish, one that can stink for the publishers. Indeed, those publishers and their new-media managers are being reckless." [more inside]