I know I’m in the minority on this issue (a new experience!), but what is wrong with requiring people to post on SDRostra using their real Planet Earth names? Rostra is a private (as opposed to govt) blog, so the rules of engagement can be set by Thor ET AL.
Apparently the NORTH COUNTY TIMES has gone to this policy in its “comments” section. If they can do it, why can’t Rostra?
Yeah, people can lie about their identity. I suspect most won’t. And for those that do, they sometimes can be exposed for lying — a huge negative.
Doubtless we’d see less unsubstantiated smears. Is that a bad thing? If an established asshole such as myself can use his or her real name, what’s wrong with leveling the playing field for all?