Monday, April 6, 2009

Blogger Ethics: Letting Anonymous Trash People

If an anonymous person claimed to be the former manager of an infamous celebrity and left a comment for moderation on your blog in which he/she trashed a different celebrity, such as his or her former client's ex-spouse, but you had no proof the anonymous commenter was who he/she claimed to be, would you publish the comment?

Please take the poll below and select the answer closest to your opinion. If you'd like to elaborate, then please leave a comment.


Blue State Cowgirl said...

Having just been flamed by trolls, most of whom left no emails or urls, I'm of the firm opinion that only those comments that are traceable are fit to blog.

My comments are set so you have to at least leave an email for your comment to be accepted.

underOvr (aka The U) said...

I don't care for anonymous comments which contain statement that incite flames. They are blog terrorists.

I don't have a problem with anonymous comments but I do have a problem with anonymous individuals who make inappropriate comments.


Vérité Parlant said...

Maria of ConsumerPop left the following comment at PollDaddy:

I wouldn't allow a comment attacking/trashing anyone celebrity or not, proven or unproven, commenter verified or not. Freedom of speech doesn't mean I have to provide the soapbox. It is free and easy to start a blog so the person leaving the comment is welcome to build their own platform for their claims.

msladydeborah said...

The internet is filled with inaccurate sources. I feel that if the individual has factual information-then they need to sign on with it. This way if there is a dispute, they can handle their responsibility on the issue.

William F. DeVault said...

Having been, on more than one occasion, the target of slander from anonymous sources, and having already a hyper-defined attitude about anonymous sources, I'd delete the comment.

Marvalus said...

Free speech is all well and good, but with it comes responsibility. I totally agree with what Maria said in response to the poll; let them get their own arena to sling their gossip.

Vérité Parlant said...

Kim Pearson at 4:40pm April 7
i don't publish unsubstantiated charges against people. That's libel -- reckless disregard for the truth.

Left this comment at Facebook.

Mata H said...

No way. I have better uses for my blog than unfounded, malicious gossip. For that matter, even if it was factual I'd leave it behind.

le0pard13 said...

VP, I so agree with Maria of ConsumerPop. And I recall a portion of what author Thomas Barnett wrote in post on "a clear rule set for the comments" concerning some that didn't like his choice of Obama as president:

"As I have told some over-the-top readers in the past, there is crazy in your own house and then there's crazy on my front lawn.

I don't have to deal with the former.

I won't put up with the latter.

It has application to this subject.