Over the last few weeks, there has been a plethora of anonymous posters on the blog. I've kicked around a bunch of ideas on the best way to deal with the confusion and frustration that results from this and here's what I have come up with for a solution.
Since pretty much anything goes in comments, I won't change the settings to restrict people from posting anonymously. From this day forward, however, I will no longer respond to anonymous comments regardless of their ideological bend. I'm also not going to respond to the person or persons that continually changes their moniker when it's clearly the same person.
I say "continually" because I know there are people that post under 2 different names. These individuals I will continue to respond to because they are at least attempting to be inventive in taking on a different persona. I liken this to having two different avatars or players in an online game so that's cool but the obnoxious rotation from "Sarah Palin Fantasy Perverts" to "Civil War Reenactors?" Nope.
I would urge all of you who post under the same name and continually have stood by your words to do the same. I can't force you, obviously, but I think this is in the best interests of the site so we know who we are addressing and people have a continuity as to who stands by their words. Granted, this may not be a perfect idea but we'll work the kinks out as we go.