I was watching the Today show and there was a debate about whether or not people should be allowed to leave anonymous comments on various websites and forums. A couple of people thought that it might be a good idea to have to sign into websites(such as news and polling sites)using your Facebook or LinkedIn accounts to keep the commenters from leaving hateful and offensive comments anonymously versus more productive and informative ones that they will be held accountable for. A few sites already have this as either a mandatory process to commenting on certain posts or as an option including Youtube and the New York Times website, which has a verified commenter option given to intelligent and polite frequent commenters by invitation only. These verified commenters can leave as many comments as they want without moderation.
If a lot of websites started asking for verification of identity before you could leave a comment would that really stop hateful and idiotic comments from plaguing the internet or would it simply stop a lot of people, including polite and intelligent ones, from giving their opinions for fear of being found out or judged by friends and employers that may come across their comments?
Would the information we give be used against us or shared?
Do you think it would be a good idea for more sites to use a verification process in their comments sections to create a friendlier and more productive web where people can’t hide behind their anonymity or would it lead to more privacy issues and less comments altogether?