Do you think the Steamboat Pilot & Today should do away with anonymity for commenters on its websites?

Yes 335 votes


No 285 votes


I don’t know 29 votes


649 total votes


Fred Duckels 5 years, 2 months ago

I like to hear good opinions and would not like to see any eliminated.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 2 months ago

I think the current system works well enough except for one type of story. Stories of a personal tragedy in which friends and family may seek support are not appropriate places for the free exchange of ideas. Thus, the paper could mark some stories as being moderated and most of the issues of comments would be solved.

It should be noted that no longer are the comments anonymous because the newspaper knows the real identities of people. It is only anonymous to the general public.

Back when comments were truly anonymous then there were anonymous comments that could have led to lawsuits or criminal investigations (claimed wife of a sheriff's deputy saying her husband and others would fail to do their sworn duty if Gary Wall was elected).

I am not sure what is wrong now that needs to be fixed. Yes, there are still some inappropriate comments, but they are just as easily from named people as anonymous posters.


Fred Duckels 5 years, 2 months ago

Some people or entities use the paper to disseminate information and are miffed when the message is diluted by bloggers. Welcome to the 21st century.


mtroach 5 years, 2 months ago

I agree with scottw, the current system is good, and the Pilot is well aware of everyones identy and can easily take action to remove posts and bar posters for its site if they feel a poster is going over the line.


sledneck 5 years, 2 months ago

"I am the modren man, Who hides behing this mask, So noone else can see, My true identity.

The problem's plain to see, Too much technology, Machines to save our lives, Machines de-humanize.

The time has come at last, to throw away this mask, Now everyone can see, My true identity...

I'M KILROY... KILROY... KILROY... kilroy... "


kathy foos 5 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm....Kilroy..and "that ain't no Smoe",it isn't "Foo" either.


John Fielding 5 years, 2 months ago

. I agree that we would be poorer without much of the anonymous commentary. There are things I too would share if I had a nom de plume that I now withold to avoid reprisals

Scotts suggestioniof flagged sites for identified commentators only is a good one. I suggest we also allow more than one username per person. .


Scott Wedel 5 years, 2 months ago

And what I suggested was moderating some stories, in particular, personal tragedies where friends and family may be seeking supporting words and not an open expression of ideas. Such as the articles on former Soroco student John Lipsie being a passenger in a fatal car crash or the fatal fire in Craig are probably not appropriate places for speculation on how it happened and so on.

In particular, the comments following the death of Slopeside's owner (name not used so this doesn't show up in a search for his name) a few years ago ranged from sympathy notes, to those accusing that area's police dept of incompetence and suicide awareness. It would have been better if paper had a moderated article for sympathy and support comments and had some other article for unmoderated comments on the other issues.


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