While The Hamiltonian continues to encourage our readers to use their real names when they submit their comments, we continue to respect the fact that some people may not be comfortable doing so, for a variety of reasons. Thus, we continue to allow for anonymous comments, providing such comments abide by the The Hamiltonian's policies.
However, many anonymous posters are using the handle anonymous to sign their posts. As you can imagine, when many people are using the same signature - anonymous- it becomes impossible to discern which comment belongs to which anonymous poster. This frustrates the reader's ability to follow the thread, and also results in confusion for those trying to get their views across.
The Hamiltonian cannot rely on a technology solution to force people to type in a handle (if they are not prepared to use their real names). This is because the technology platform we use, does not allow for this. As many of you know, from time to time, we plead with our readers to use a unique handle. This results in some short term success, but the trend reverts back.
At our last team meeting , we discussed some non tech solutions to this problem. One suggestion was that we allow a grace period, but at a point in time, we do not publish any comments that are solely signed anonymous. This will force submissions to include a handle.
Your thoughts? Any other ideas?
Please note: we are not looking for opinions as to whether to allow anonymous posting, because we have thoroughly considered that topic in the past. We are asking for ideas on how to manage the abundance os posters who use anonymous as their handle.