Comment 56734

By asperger (anonymous) | Posted January 17, 2011 at 20:24:25

I don't think registration will do anything. You have to register at the Spec and the comments are garbage. I also don't think you're going to come up with a good solution here, because commenting on most media sites that I go to are pretty worthless. It's better where the issues are less politicized. But considering that anonymity mostly just allows us to foster our less delicate natures, and registration will do little for anonymity, I don't see the point. All registering will do is (continue to) enable the echo chamber here, where a small circle, likely 20 people, constantly upvote comments that fit their ideological dispositions or come from their 'friends'. Call it a social club. I think it's interesting that you chose as evidence of the trollishness of anonymous commenters that they got lower scores. Maybe you don't see the circularity there. But honestly, from someone who is pretty 50-50 about the usefulness of RTH, and comes here irregularly, I fit the profile of the anonymous commentor, and possibly my voice shouldn't be included. But if you think that's because I'm a troll then you're totally wrong.

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