Where is the accountability for anonymous Town Forum posters ?
Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Mar 7, 2010
When people post on the Town Forum using anonymous names there is no way for the reader to establish any source credibility, to verify that they actually exist, to know where they actually live, to know what contributions or transgressions that have made in the community, to know if someone is paying them to pose as a resident of a particular community, etc. This problem is compounded by the fact that a number of anonymous posters use multiple names to post multiple comments on the same topic. And these anonymous posters are free to engage in scurrilous personal attacks on posters who use their real names without any accountability.
What are your thoughts on the dramatically different standard of accountability between posters who use their real names and posters who use one or more anonymous names?