Happy Thanksgiving, anonymous
Regular Humboldt blog readers will notice that SoHum blogger Eric Kirk moved his blog from Blogspot to WordPress. We applaud the move and look forward to the rebirth of SoHum Parlance.
Discussion surrounding the move brought up issues we at the Herald have pondered for some time, and have solicited reader advice about in the past: anonymous comments.
As it stands, comments can be posted to the Humboldt Herald without leaving a name or email address. (However, comments are subject to moderation). While this method allows for the greatest amount of participation, it can also drag the discussion into a mire that many people don’t feel inclined to slog through on their search for intelligent dialog.
One commenter on Eric’s blog said they liked the avatars on WordPress blogs that appear alongside the commenters name (or pseudonym) so that readers can tell anonymous commenters apart from one another. But there’s a secret to how that works — commenters have to fill out the email field, otherwise the icon defaults to the over-seen green monster (at least on this blog).
WordPress recently added a feature allowing embedded polls, so in celebration of Eric’s new blog, we’ll try it out. You can elaborate in the comments to let us know what you think about adjusting comment moderation to require an email address.
Thanks for your participation and have a pleasant holiday.