Comment 56705

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted January 17, 2011 at 15:30:41

Since my comment apparently spawned this blog post, I'll throw in my (rather obvious) two cents. Despite my frequent use of the phrase "don't feed the troll", I usually can't help myself!

Registration is a far cry from censorship, since unless I'm greatly mistaken Ryan won't be charging a fee or asking for letters of reference before allowing people to register. The worst phenomenon of late here seems to be certain dedicated anonymous posters using several pseudonyms to try (poorly) to create a sense of greater support for their arguments. Also posting messages in large quantities. Now its still possible that the dedication shown to go to this extreme to try and win the day will carry over into several registered accounts, but at least in those cases poorly disguised twin accounts can be subjected to banhammering, and I for one would take full advantage of hiding particular users on most days, until my morbid curiousity got the better of me. I don't know that registration will solve the problem unless there's some way to associate an account with an IP number, but I'm no techy.

Ultimately, I've started to get worn out reading comment threads on RTH and that never used to happen. I don't want the trolls to win!

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