Effective immediately with all new posts, GeneaBloggers is instituting the following changes when it comes to commenting on posts and other content at the GeneaBloggers.com site:
- No anonymous comments allowed. This was not a tough decision. I’m following the lead of Huffington Post which recently changed its policy regarding anonymous comments. Not only will this eliminate spam comments (I hope) but also cut down on the troll factor. My basic belief is that if you are willing to make your opinion known here, then do it as if you would get up and express it at any public venue such as a town hall meeting or a genealogy lecture. We’re trying to build community here. We’re not dealing with sensitive topics that require anonymity out of respect for the safety of the commenter. If you know of any roving band of genealogy “toughs” who track down commenters let me know.
- New commenting options. Disabling anonymous comments means employing commenting tools which allow commenters to connect with their existing accounts on various platforms. So I’ve decided to use the Comments Evolved for WordPress plugin. Now readers can leave comments via Google Plus, Facebook and the Disqus system.
Finally, please take the time to read The Reason HuffPost Is Ending Anonymous Accounts. I love the reference to the scene in To Kill A Mockingbird!
Your feedback on this new policy and procedure is appreciated – so go ahead and take it for a spin!
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