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Anonymous commenters:

Make the world better. 25% 32 votes
Make everyone angrier. 10% 13 votes
Are the scourge of the 21st century. 25% 32 votes
Should reveal themselves. 38% 49 votes
126 total votes

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I hide behind a fake screen name and insult people because I'm afraid of revealing...too late, I'm busted..

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2010 at 3:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I like annoying the liberals... it is fun.

InTheKnow (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2010 at 9:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Some of us wouldn't mind revealing our real names. However, in an age where internet security is a misnomer, data mining engines blanket the net, and companies compile data on you to sell (or to blackmail you into buying their services to remove the data they or their partner companies have compiled on you) its often a safe default to post anonymously. If you choose not to, then be diligent in avoiding any morsels of personal info in your posts. Data miners are getting smarter and smarter and there is money to be made in violating your privacy.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2010 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ironic that (at this time) 54% of those polled feel that people should reveal themselves while the percentage of us who post our real names is much lower.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2010 at 3:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I like how anonymous commenters complain about other anonymous commenting.

David_Pritchett (David Pritchett)
December 17, 2010 at 6:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think I'm going to change my name.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2010 at 2:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I used to post under my real name until I found that some who did likewise were harassed by telephone and their businesses boycotted. The harassment and boycott were always blamed on lefty activists. Believable, in my personal experience, going all the way back to student lefties shutting down the U of Minn in the late 60's preventing students like myself from attending class, burning a bank in IV, name-calling those of other political persuasions, and other generally uncivilized behavior.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2010 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Pritchett writes, "I like how anonymous commenters complain about other anonymous commenting."

When I first read this, I wonder why Pritchett would like someone who complains about themselves. This is contrary to human behavior, because most people complain about others.

Then, I realize, Pritchett's real meaning is the opposite of what he wrote. He actually means he does not like it when anonymous posters complain about anonymous posters.
He thinks this behavior is hypocritical.

So, Pritchett seems to think that anonymous posters should look at their own behavior to make sure it is in line with their posted opinions.

Pritchett does this by writing the opposite of what he believes.
He is just like the one's he criticizes. The content of his post is not congruent with his feelings.

I think should improve the clarity of his communication.

e_male (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2010 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What makes you think David A. Pritchett is his real name?

sa1 (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2010 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BTW, I think it is very hypocritical of the "Indy staff" to pose this "poll" with a bias toward negative voting as though they disapprove of anonymous or nom deplumes. How dare they when they throw out plenty of bylines of "Indy Staff". There have been plenty of great writers and intellectuals in our own history that have chosen to publish anonymously. Therefore I abstain from even voting in this crock poll.

Both EB and JL are right about data mining and loss of privacy. Just like that idiot with the social posting BS software. Just another jackbooted nazi out to screw you to the wall if you don't meet his judgment of proper behavoir on the web. I hope he pisses away a fortune and goes belly up.

sa1 (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2010 at 2:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My political beliefs have been directly attacked by Federal Agency operations related to the Department of Homeland Security fusion centers in which they will identify those who support Ron Paul or third party Presidential candidates like libertarian Bob Barr, Constitution Party Chuck Baldwin, display the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag, possess films such as "America: Freedom to Fascism", believe in second amendment rights or strict Constitutional interpretations as potential terrorists.

http://www.operationdefuse.com/

Hope that helps.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2010 at 8:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

David_Pritchett, I have a proposal for you: How about we switch names? Think of all the havoc that would cause.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 22, 2010 at 5:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I have too much time on my hands, therefore I post. NAH! just kidding! :) henry

hank (anonymous profile)
December 22, 2010 at 10:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We have enough havoc already....

David_Pritchett (David Pritchett)
December 22, 2010 at 1:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As one commenter states here there is some quirky if not perverted pleasure associated with anonymity. Perhaps a thrill similar to those who would partake in fleeting casual anonymous sex in public places. But mostly I think that people don't want to be exposed so as not to be confronted with their own internal hypocrisies and conflicts. It is much easier to anonymously audit others rather than ourselves. But loonpt perhaps explains why for some anonymity; concerns for personal safety which can lead to paranoia.

And speaking of paranoia I wouldn't doubt for a moment that subversive conservative groups may be strategically behind some of these most abusive anonymous posters, and even on a national level. Originally in the U.S.A. people (only white property owning men) were allowed to vote and they did so anonymously. Some voters were party identifiable by large ballot and so were concealed on the way to the polling place so as to lessen the chance of being beaten up.

I do find it interesting that these disembodied ghouls who post mean and hateful comments about elected officials, government employees and other public figures, all the while hiding behind anonymity. I presume that they may have multiple personalities. Council members Dale Francisco and Michael Self have been especially mean and yet they have a public persona. And perhaps they do also post anonymously.

Oh and I have received odd postal mailings at my home and from identified commenters who I think are mean and irrational regardless. I think anonymity should be for whistle-blowers, those exposing corruption for example. It would be interesting for Nick Welsh to relive the Independent's moment when it was decided to reveal who the Angry Poodle is.

BTW I bet the Independent has data-mined your I.P. and with help of a geek schooled in algorithm knows who you are and even watches every keystroke including all the corrections. Due to the inability to get beyond our conservative state you are indeed being recorded. So why not just be honest and identify yourself.

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
December 22, 2010 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well Don, I'm sure you're not aware that it has been confirmed that federal agents have been snooping on Ron Paul supporters and the organization Campaign for Liberty, which is the official grassroots organization that Ron Paul started as an extension of his '08 Presidential campaign.

It was also confirmed that throughout the state of Michigan local police were told to watch out for these groups that I mentioned. Google MIAC Paul.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 23, 2010 at 7:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt: I actually agree with you and we are indeed being tracked and categorized and I guess you could consider that you have been "attacked."

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
December 24, 2010 at 6:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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