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Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

samzenpus posted 1 year,22 hours | from the naming-names dept.

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v3rgEz writes "The days of anonymous commenting on The Huffington Post are numbered. Founder Arianna Huffington said in a question-and-answer session with reporters in Boston Wednesday that the online news site plans to require users to comment on stories under their real names, beginning next month. 'Freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they’re saying and not hiding behind anonymity,' Huffington said."

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Awesome (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637053)

Yes, i am aware of the irony... but nevertheless I have always been in favor of this.

Re:Awesome (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637105)

Yeah, I suck and should be exposed for the good of all!

Re:Awesome (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637319)

Although I think this is a stupid policy, I have a very simple answer. I won't bother posting comments on The Huffington Post. It's not like I give a shit about them in the first place.

Re:Awesome (2, Interesting)

chilvence (1210312) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637383)

I am posting under a pseudonym... or well, rather my school nickname. So I feel the irony too. But yeah, fuck anonymity, if you are going to say something, fucking stand behind it, dont be a total cunt.

~ Laurie Chilvers

Re:Awesome (1)

lightknight (213164) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637441)

Lol, they find out the ironic truth: Mimir's well is bottomless (human suffering has no limit).

Awesome! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637061)

Yes, i am aware of the irony... yet nevertheless i have always been a fan of this.

Anonymous Coward (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637069)

Comment on stories under their *facebook accounts.... Nice try, they are simply using this as an excuse to expand their advertising market.

Re:Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637371)

Am I the only one with a dummy FB account and a "real" account I haven't updated in years?

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637427)

What's the difference between the fake one and the real one and how does that matter? Is the fake one just used for stupid sites like huffinton post that are starting to require facebook?

I couldn't agree more - ban anonymous comments! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637073)

Shitcocks!

Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic crap? (1)

dynamic_cast (250615) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637077)

Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic crap?

Re:Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic cra (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637195)

uhhh.... homeopathic?

Re:Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic cra (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637253)

Homeopathy: a system of alternative medicine originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of similia similibus curentur ("like cures like"), according to which a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people.

Homophobia: a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

LOL

Re:Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic cra (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637289)

He might actually mean homeopathic, those idiots do a tremendous amount of trolling as well.

Re:Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic cra (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637315)

What is the condition where a person thinks a word has a different meaning because it sounds like something totally unrelated?

Re:Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic cra (2)

tompaulco (629533) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637377)

What is the condition where a person thinks a word has a different meaning because it sounds like something totally unrelated?

Homonymic?

Re:Does this mean no more trolling homeopathic cra (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637465)

Vizzinism?

STAND ON THIS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637081)

[middle finger]

Destination (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637085)

All aboard the deathcamp trains. Please let us know your real name.

Re:Destination (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637345)

It is important to have everyone's political opinions show up at the stop of google search results when seeking work.

Anonymous Cowards (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637095)

This would, of course, be news to Publius (Patrick Henry).

If you are afraid to be known for your comments (-1, Troll)

msobkow (48369) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637097)

If you are afraid to be known for your comments and insist on posting anonymously, then your credibility isn't worth shit and your comments are, for the most part, not worth consideration.

There are occasionally exceptions where people *need* to remain anonymous for fear of lawsuits or termination from their jobs, but that's about the only exception I can think of unless you're worried about getting arrested by the NSA/DEA/CSIS/government-agency-of-your-choice.

Identify yourself or be laughed at and ridiculed.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637115)

Identify yourself or be laughed at and ridiculed.

I agree completely!

AC

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637139)

Lame comment.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637145)

the inability to respect anonymity is a weakness that all mortals succumb to

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637155)

Those cowardly founding fathers!

>The authors used the pseudonym "Publius", in honor of Roman consul Publius Valerius Publicola.[4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Papers

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

DaHat (247651) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637457)

If only I had mod points... as it's a rare day I'd want to give them to an AC.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637193)

Please take the time to post your real name in full. Thank you in advance.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637197)

Not everyone wants to express an opposing view point on Huffington and be called a racist, or be labeled as such. Lets be honest here, Huffington super users are the first to pull the racist card the moment their arguments get refuted. (with maybe the exception of MSNBC comment sections)

Re: If you are afraid to be known for your comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637297)

Yeah, naturally people prefer to spout whatever racist misanthropic bullshit suits their fancy without being called out for it.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637215)

There are occasionally exceptions where people *need* to remain anonymous for fear of lawsuits or termination from their jobs, but that's about the only exception I can think of unless you're worried about getting arrested by the NSA/DEA/CSIS/government-agency-of-your-choice.

One of the reasons I largely post anonymously was death threats to me and my family. Nothing I say here is worth any risk at all and I don't give a damn if you read it or not.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637373)

I post anonymously because I use to be a Federal Government contractor and I saw what both the government Department and the contracting companies are doing. If I tell using my name, I will get in a lot of trouble with both. (And colleagues tell me that I really, really, really don't want to get in that kind of trouble with those two groups. After watching what happens, I tend to agree with my colleagues.)

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637217)

Hmmm... based on the rest of your comment, shouldn't that be identify yourself and be laughed at and ridiculed?

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (5, Funny)

sinij (911942) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637221)

>>>If you are afraid to be known for your comments and insist on posting anonymously

You are assuming everyone who is reading your comments is equally reasonable.

YOU ARE WRONG AND I WILL MURDER YOUR FAMILY!!!!

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637277)

you better edit that comment. seriously.
people have gone to jail for jokes like that.

welcome to 2001 + 12

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637225)

You don't post under your real name, so we should ignore your comment too. Posting anonymously is not a sign of fear, nor of ill-considered comments, but merely that you are keeping that part of the internet separate from your real life.

*Note: This is a real name policy discussed, not a must have a community identity policy.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (5, Insightful)

yelvington (8169) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637239)

There are occasionally exceptions where people *need* to remain anonymous for fear of lawsuits or termination from their jobs

This is not nearly so rare as you imagine.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637245)

I actually think you got a good point there, schemes like RealID etc are kind of useful when you actually want to try to persuade someone - posting as AC is convenient for throw away comments on sites/blogs where you're not invested but still might want to chime in - for the benefit of others (or at least so I keep telling myself) because even if you used a real name, without investment no one is going to be persuaded by you anyway.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637267)

So what exactly is your full name?

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (2)

SlashDread (38969) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637271)

I largely agree with you.
However, those exceptions are so important, they may outweigh the benefit of having less trolls.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637273)

did your mother name you "msobkow"?

you brag in your profile about being a "programmer" that retired on disability... yet you post on this website pretty much constantly... what more does programming require than typing on a computer? maybe you should have remained anonymous and not brazenly advertised your act of fraud against the public.

looks like you got to identify yourself AND be laughed at and ridiculed... but i understand how it's easy for "disabled" programmers to make such simple logical mistakes.

you're an idiot.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (1)

paiute (550198) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637283)

unless you're worried about getting arrested by the NSA/DEA/CSIS/government-agency-of-your-choice.

Wasn't the government supposed to be afraid of me, not the other way around?

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (1)

Sollord (888521) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637331)

That was before they limited our 2nd amendment right to own tanks, drones, and suitcase nukes. Now they don't have much to fear especially with the militarized police

Tell that to the founding fathers. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637471)

If we performed the modern equivalent of the kind of asymmetric warfare they used against the british nowadays, even a militarized police force wouldn't stop us.

The problems of course being: sufficient numbers of citizens believing there's something wrong, and a sufficient number of experienced personnel to train them in warfare techniques.

One of the minor little things often overlooked in the modern 'terrorism-mania' is that in fact the british considered and CALLED the revolutionaries 'terrorists' in their own letters from the revolutionary war.

Makes you think, doesn't it?

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637301)

Says the guy who took a "disability retirement" (aka insurance fraud with a side of awesome pain pills)

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (1)

hedwards (940851) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637313)

I disagree, the fringe folks that need protection often times post and publish anonymously. Unfortunately, there's no way of deciding who should and shouldn't be permitted that freedom without shutting some that need the protection.

In Nazi Germany it was a potentially fatal mistake to publish materials that questioned Hitler's motives and intent. In the US, you could wind up losing everything you had if you wound up on the Blacklist during the Red Scare.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637337)

I generally agree, except for articles like The Science of 12-Step Programs [slashdot.org] . I had to stay anonymous because the Alcoholics Anonymous traditions require me not to reveal my membership publicly.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (4, Insightful)

seebs (15766) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637351)

Anonymous isn't the same thing as pseudonymous. I have a lot more invested in "seebs" than I do in the name on my driver's license.

Even ignoring that, though... Your point is still ill-considered. The "lawsuits" and "termination" are just where it starts; the world is full of people who are going to be threatened with all sorts of things if they identify themselves. And, of course, you can provide for that, but if the way you provide for it involves people having to prove to someone else that their reason is good enough, that can also effectively "out" them.

So far, if I compare all the things I've ever read from people who insist that anyone not identified by a "real name" isn't serious or real, and all the things I've ever read under arbitrary pseudonyms, the latter have been a much, much, more valuable resource.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (4, Insightful)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637365)

That is silly. One of the great features of the internet is that you can debate freely and anonymously. I don't want everything I say or have ever said turned into a googlable permanent record. I sometimes change my mind. I sometimes say stupid things. I sometimes make "too soon?" jokes. I don't want permanent records of every utterance. Online forums are places for informal discussions. If I tell you a dirty joke after work, it doesn't get indexed for the next 20 years. I'm not writing a law school dissertation on how I feel about the 2nd amendment with every post. And, I don't want my silly or crude Kristen Stewart jokes showing up when an employer looks me up. This is probably nothing more than analytics and adding another notch in your marketing profile. It's simple to do what Slashdot does and allow the community to self-police. Mod the trolls out of existence and there's no problem.

We ALL should be anonymous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637379)

I agree "msobkow "

We all should make pseudonyms with throw away email accounts because that is SO much more trustworthy!

On another note, I have seen folks go back over a registered user's posting history and throw up in his face past - distant past - posts regarding a topic.

I am so glad I don't have a registered account, For one, I have softened up a bit on some topics (religion. Still don't believe but I don't think believers are complete morons anymore) and changed my mind on others (Obama has turned into an asshole), and kept the same on yet others (Republicans are a bunch of clueless old people).

If I had an account, one could go back and accuse me of being a hypocrite. People do change their opinions.

If I had an account, I can just see in the future someone throwing one of those opinions above in my face - right or wrong.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637393)

If you aren't afraid to be known for your comments, then you haven't been on the internet long enough, IMHO. Are you old enough to remember what happens on harmless-seeming newsgroups? A simpe discussion of gardening tips can suddenly erupt into threats of cross-country trips to perform physical violence. Lessons learned as a 3rd-hand bystander: always post anonymously (or at least pseudonymously). Always.

Cyber-bullying, cyberstalkers, and internet vigilantes are much worse for society than trolls. Trolls can be modded into oblivion, and most trolls don't have access to multiple IP addresses, so they're very easy to squelch.

Slashdot's sensible AC policy is the main reason I still visit here after 13 years.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637405)

Fuck you, asshole. You know what would please me? If you got hit by a truck.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (3, Insightful)

spire3661 (1038968) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637417)

I really despise the school of thought that if there isnt a name attached to an idea, it obviously has no worth. If a PhD and a streetbum both submit articles on how to suture a wound and both are scientifically correct, does it matter who wrote what article? Would you really spend time talking discrediting the bum's paper solely on who he is and not the content of his work?

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (2)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637461)

I understand that, but I might not want those hastily crafted ideas to show up under a search for my name from google. Many of my opinions are unpopular and unrelated to anything I do for work. But, I don't want future employers to disqualify me because of them.

Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637475)

Go fuck yourself. Speaking the bitter truth and seeing the world as it is will often result in death threats. I don't want to live in a world where I cannot express a valid and intelligent opinion without fear of being shot or arrested.

Stupid cunt! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637099)

J/K She's probably right.

Pseudonymous Commenting (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637109)

Assuming all you need is an email address...

Real names? (5, Insightful)

Daetrin (576516) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637111)

I think it's fine if they want to force people to register and maybe jump through a few hoops so someone can't just create a new account and be flaming away ten seconds later, but i'm not a fan of the "real name" thing. I objected when Google tried to push the idea and i still don't like it now. Consistent identities and some kind of moderation system are enough to tame the worst abuses without trying to drag real names into it.

Re:Real names? (2)

hedwards (940851) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637329)

Yeah, that's the thing, you don't need John Q. Public to know the identity of the people posting, at most the moderators need that information. And even then, what you really need is a snail main address as there are probably dozens of H. Edwardses out there. Or John Smith, Jack Johnson, etc.

Re:Real names? (1)

fwarren (579763) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637335)

One of the draws to these revenue generating sites is being able to comment. I suspect that when push comes to shove, many anonymous commenters won't bother to comment any more, nor visit the site and read the articles. This will affect the HP's bottom line.

It is a free country, and they can do as the see fit. Even if it costs them money in the long run.

Really? (1)

The Cat (19816) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637119)

This is the same Huffington Post that hypocritcally moderates every thread to shape the discussion in favor of their own personal political agenda?

Kind of like that bigot Cory Doctorow?

For a little tast of HuffPo hatefest (-1, Flamebait)

gelfling (6534) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637121)

All of which by the way is MODERATED, take a look at this

http://hpmonitor.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

HP regularly reprints and links to neo nazi sites as long as it refers to Jews. HP is pretty well know to one of the most openly antisemitic major news websites out there right now.

Re:For a little tast of HuffPo hatefest (1)

gelfling (6534) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637181)

this means they will end all 'moderation' and run for cover under the real name 'solution'. It won't mean that HP will stop promoting antisemitism and other hate speech though so it will fascinating to read reports when all their favorites, super users and 'moderators' are openly threatened with death and in some cases murdered in response to the hate speech HP is so fond of promoting.

Re:For a little tast of HuffPo hatefest (1)

pchan- (118053) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637227)

CNN's comments are equally terrible. It's hard to believe a reputable news organization allows them on its website.

Re:For a little tast of HuffPo hatefest (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637395)

that was some pure racist dreck you linked there, hpmonitor slams HP for links to stormfront AND slams The Huffington Post even more for "pandering to Islam", propagating more racist sites themselves. um, how was stormfront links a problem again? seems as if hpmonitor is aligned with stormfront anyway.GREAT source - would not read again.

Home land security letter? (1)

udachny (2454394) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637125)

The real trolls at huffpost have huge number of 'fans', they are 'leaders' or whatever they call them. They express the correct party line 'opinions', they are ideologically in line with the site owners.... I guess it's not that different from /., except ACs here are also quite aligned with the groupthink.

It's a cesspool of a full range of collectivists of all colors and types. And I guess now it's also going to be a way for the NSA to list the undesirables.

So... did they get one of those 'home land security' letters then?

Woe is Huffington (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637127)

Real hipsters are against freedom of expression.

Interesting... (4, Insightful)

Xaedalus (1192463) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637131)

What if wide-spread mass adoption of anonymity actually leads to undermining Society's value of free speech? If no one's willing to stand up and be recognized for what they say, then why would we require freedom of speech for recognized individuals? Seems inefficient if everyone wants the privilege but none of the responsibility.

Re:Interesting... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637361)

Judge the message by its own merit, rather than person/pseudo-name that is saying it.

In protest of this (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637143)

I will continue not to visit huffingtonpost.com

Fakenamegenerator (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637151)

Simple enough. Fakenamegenerator.com
Hope that helps

freedom of expression is not given... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637177)

freedom of expression is a right.... attempting to grant it to some while restricting it from others is an act of fascist cowardice.

how are you going to prove someone is using their real name? punt it to facebook? maybe one of my 1000 facebook accounts could chime in about why that won't work. force them to provide a credit card? a phone number? fax a drivers license? all of those credentials can be exploited, stolen, or forged.... and at the end of the day, you still don't know who is actually behind the keyboard using the account.

users could even go so far as to start a market for anonymous users to use each others' accounts... every has plausible deniability and trust in huffpuff identities becomes worse than it originally was.

huffpuff just signed their own sentence of irrelevance.

Feel free to express yourself elsewhere. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637321)

There's no right to someone's forum enumerated in the constitution.

So feel free to express yourself elsewhere.

Pseudonymity in the age of data aggregation (4, Insightful)

sinij (911942) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637183)

Pseudonymity in the age of data aggregation is crucial. Any "real name" policy is very boneheaded, and can lead to endangering the readers.

You are nuts if you post anything, anywhere under real name. Internet has no "right to forget".

I have long wondered... (3, Insightful)

Yaztromo (655250) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637199)

I have wondered over the last few years why more big-name general news sites around the world don't just shut down their comment systems. The comments attached to virtually any major TV news network site or newspaper site tend to be filled with content that does little if anything to actually further any sort of discussion or dissemination of knowledge about the topic at hand.

I have noticed recently some of the sites I follow daily have started to only selectively permit commenting on stories. Stories which are likely to bring out the trolls and bigots seem to have commenting disabled more and more. However, I'm not sure why these news sites don't just bite the bullet and dismantle the comments attached to stories. Nobody seems to ever benefit from them.

(Obviously, something like /. which is centred around discussion and commenting is a somewhat different beast. I am specifically talking about general news outlets like CBC News [cbc.ca] , The Toronto Star [thestar.com] , or CNN.com [cnn.com] , and others like them. /. naturally also has the benefit of community-driven moderation to limit trolling, flamebait, and spam).

Yaz

Re:I have long wondered... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637323)

They like comments because they can sometimes get more information about the story of someone who may be more involved in it.

It opens the possibility to learn of new stories or ideas to further create journalism.

Personally I have used Slashdot for many years, I read more of peoples comments here than TFA. I have learnt so much more from informative comments than any news service combined. News companies are always playing catch up on what is going on.

Re:I have long wondered... (2)

Yaztromo (655250) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637429)

They like comments because they can sometimes get more information about the story of someone who may be more involved in it.

It opens the possibility to learn of new stories or ideas to further create journalism.

But how often does this actually happen? And does it happen more than if they simply provide a form to privately e-mail them with your comments on a story?

99.99% of the time the comments against such stories provide nothing towards the story (and I'm willing to bet that percentage is a low estimate). I'm not sure having such commenting systems (and the back-end manual moderation systems that are often in place to support them) is of any real economic benefit to such news sites. Sure, specialized sites like /. which have community moderation systems are a different entity -- but sites like the ones I've linked to above could save a lot of money and effort by simply removing their commenting systems, and virtually nothing would be lost in the process.

(Yeah, I'll admit I often read the comments against such stories -- followed by admonishing myself for doing so when I see what's actually being posted).

Yaz

Re:I have long wondered... (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637455)

tend to be filled with content that does little if anything to actually further any sort of discussion or dissemination of knowledge about the topic at hand.

You assume that they care about "furthering the discussion" or "dissemination of knowledge".

The thing about comments is that they very quickly trigger a "someone's wrong on the Internet" syndrome, and a lot of people who could be doing something more productive end up glued to the same page replying to a troll who replied them about their reply... etc. That's hits and ad views.

(I do realize the irony of posting this on Slashdot, by the way.)

IMPLYING (1)

Titan1080 (1328519) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637201)

>implying anyone reads the progressive trash at huff post.

I call Bullshit and offer this bet. (3, Funny)

bobbutts (927504) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637209)

I will quit the internet if I'm unable to get an hp account with a fake name.

Re:I call Bullshit and offer this bet. (1)

SlashDread (38969) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637287)

Sure, until they make that a 20 year mandatory prison crime.

Reporter's sources (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637235)

I'm sure the Huffington Post will also be quick to start naming all their sources in any news reports as well, since only those that are willing to be named apparently deserve any freedom of expression.

The reporters are using their real names. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637387)

So why do they have to give the real names of people who aren't reporting?

Because you're a shithead?

The most idiotic things I've seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637249)

Come from people posting under their real names on Facebook and in newspaper comment forums.

"Freedom of expression" is a curious phrase for her to pick. Doesn't really have anything to do with a private entity running a comment forum. But if she's trying to invoke the 1st Amendment somehow, anonymous free expression was something at least some of our founders deemed important.

Well, I suppose Democrats have proven as fickle on civil liberties as Republicans these days, so maybe this is another subtle effort to manage expectations of privacy from the left. Or I'm just reading too much into something as usual.

WRONG (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637255)

anonymity is a requirement for untempered speech.

The whole internet is meant to become strongly anonymous.

Not the other way around.

Huffington really means they don't like..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637257)

What Huffington really means is that they don't like comments that speak of the truth or are anti-liberal. If you create an account, they will ban you for posting legitimate information that goes against their agenda so you're forced to post with an anonymous account. But of course, if you post via proxy it's now illegal or going to be illegal right? I don't get these politically bias media agencies. They clearly know what's going on but they change the stories to better reflect the political party that they represent. Why? It does nothing good, only kills the country more and more by brainwashing stupid and/or lazy people.

I guess Huffington will be getting it their way as registering accounts via proxy is soon to be illegal if it isn't already.

Trolls uglier than ever... (5, Funny)

fustakrakich (1673220) | 1 year,22 hours | (#44637261)

Well she's not exactly getting any more beautiful herself either..

Not "freedom of speech" (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637269)

There can be no "freedom of speech" on a message board owned by some random entity that can take down your comment for any reason it wants to.

Their admins are the worst trolls (5, Insightful)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637291)

I had my account deleted years ago when they went from a news site to an agenda site. I've very liberal mind you, and even I had comments deleted that didn't match the party line (including reminding everyone under a feel-good article that Gavin Newsome had cheated with an employee's wife and wasn't some kind of saint). I just couldn't tolerate the naked agenda-driven slant and how even other liberal opinions weren't accepted. I've had admins jump into threads and argue with me and threaten deletions. I've been online since 1991 and that's the only time I've had an account wiped, so I'm no troll. I haven't tried commenting out there in years, so I don't know what there forums are like now.

Re:Their admins are the worst trolls (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637403)

People who started using the internet after year 2000 should be held isolated from the rest of us in a low grade commercial internet. They are just occupying unnecessary resources and bandwidth filling our once beloved place with the rot their lack of brains produce.

It was a friendly academical place for people willing to widen their knowledge and they changed it into a fucking WallMart !

It is much like an invasion of parasites and it should be purged.

Also facebook is the pinnacle of said debilitation, Zuckerberg deserves to hang at the end of a rope for his deeds.

Re:Their admins are the worst trolls (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637413)

HuffPo Is absolutely the worst put together site on the internet. Click on something and you never know where you'll end up. Nearly impossible to get back to where you started from. If it wasn't for the boobs I wouldn't visit it.

Re:Their admins are the worst trolls (2)

shutdown -p now (807394) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637473)

It's no secret that HuffPo is the left-wing equivalent of Fox News (and I say that as a leftie!). Really, I don't see the point... I mean, a good half of their articles are outright flamebait, so if you're not commenting them to flame/troll, then they might as well just remove the comments altogether.

free speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637307)

You cannot have truly free speech unless you have anonymous speech

Testing the thin ice here... (1, Insightful)

multiben (1916126) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637325)

I know I'm going to go down in flames for this, but I wish they would do this on slashdot. The asshole factor here is higher than ever now. 99% of AC posts are just complete bollocks. If you *really* feel the need to keep your identity secret then just go an get a new profile. If you can't be bothered to do that then perhaps your comments are worth sharing in the first place.

Re:Testing the thin ice here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637421)

Everything with moderation.

Re:Testing the thin ice here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637449)

FAG

The USA was founded on Anonymous Comments (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637333)

The USA was founded by use of Anonymous Pamphleteers. The British desperately want the Colonists to use their real names. The British wanted to arrest, imprison and execute these Anonymous Pamphleteers. Were it not for anonymous posting, there would be no USA.

The USA Constitution provides for "freedom of speech". Speech cannot be free under an oppressive or tyrannical political system without anonymity.

While Huffinton may want people to be "civil", she is actually contributing to the destruction of both civility and freedom.

Bollox! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637343)

..yours, Anon.

Arianna Huffington? (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | 1 year,21 hours | (#44637467)

Sounds like a fake name to me.

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