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Ban online anonymity?

This has been a huge issue before when Blizzard tried requiring people to use their real name to play games online.  They changed their mind, in part after users published the names, addresses and phone numbers of Blizzard employees online.

The Miami Herald recently added a "real name only" comment system requiring facebook (which isn't really "not anonymous", since anyone can make a facebook acct and use any name they want for it).  The Post has an editorial suggesting they, and all other media, do the same.

Would people still participate online if they had to use their real name?  Would sites like CM die overnight (hell, we can't even get trolls to use their fake, made up user name)?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 8:21 AM on Mar. 5, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Sounds like a lot of bullshit to me.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:23 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • Maybe, it would. but, I'd just be happy with them removing the anon option.

    Answer by 3libras at 8:24 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • See the above ^^^ as an example.

    Answer by 3libras at 8:24 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • Sounds like a lot of bullshit to me.

    You did an amazing job of demonstrating the point of the Washington Post Ombudsman. Have a cookie.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 8:25 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • I'd be willing to use my first name, no problem. But my last name? No.

    In this day and age, the less information a stranger has of you, the better.

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 8:44 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • I don't know if CM would die overnight, but you would see a dramatic change in tone around here.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:03 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • I'm sure younger people would because they are more comfortable with the whole social networking, put all your business online era we are in. I wouldn't use my real name.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:27 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • I don't want to be required to use my real name anywhere. There are some places I do use my real name, and others where, whether for privacy or because I just plain don't want to, I use a user name or an anonymous option. I don't, for example, necessarily want to use my real name in a public comment on my local newspaper, because then anyone who looks me up, can find that and know where I live.

    If it became a requirement to use my real name on a site, I'd stop using the site.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 9:34 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • I would not want to use my full name on a site that doesn't let me control who sees it. It's too easy to find people and harass them or worse in real life for that.

    Who would risk it to make a comment on a newspaper article?

    Answer by tessiedawg at 10:27 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • I don't think so. There are always ways around that.

    Answer by m-avi at 10:38 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

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