Friday night topic: Taming the gerbil?

— 7:12 PM on February 7, 2003

I have been kicking around the question in my head lately of whether we should continue to allow anonymous posting around here. Such things change the character and dynamics of Internet conversations, and I'm unsure whether ending anonymous posting would be a net-good or net-bad change. We've had fun with some rip-roaring conversations from time to time, but the general quality of conversation often seems higher in our forums, where anonymous posting isn't allowed.

What do you think? How would such a change affect discussions? Would it be more good than bad? Discuss.

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