I noticed a comments policy at the foot of a fascinating, sad article on Frontline about Nancy Lanza: Raising Adam Lanza (worth a read).
As we’ve discussed recently, there’s a ‘cabal’ or two of impostors pretending to be other people for whatever various disclosed and undisclosed reasons (see Spoofing David Fisher and The dissatisfying hollowness of @BarnsleyBill, Russell Beaumont’s internet impostor and Let a little air in, @BarnsleyBill.)
So these ‘guidelines’ kinda-sorta jumped out at me.
In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:
I recall last year there was a spate of commenters at interest.co.nz using other people’s well-established user names from the PropertyTalk forum to maliciously sew confusion, it seemed to me. The use of the @BarnsleyBill sock puppet/profile on Twitter by ‘three or four other people’ (besides long-time user ‘Russell Beaumont’) as discussed (link above) also seems to somewhat fit into that category: murky.
We’ll never see the end of the use of noms de plume, it seems to me, but is it possibly a good start to introduce policies like Frontline’s?