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Friday, December 29, 2006

Year End Questions

What was(were) your favorite blog post(s) of the past year? What do you look for in a blog post?

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogs that skim the news and make predictions are a great way to find out what is happening, and generate comments. The comments are always the best part.

Other than that, I don't like being tracked by the blogger, I believe it's an invasion of privacy/anonymity. Tracking commenters makes the host untrustworthy, and also not worthy of regular visits regardless of anything else.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Why can't a comment be anonymous if it makes a decent point? If you don't like it, you can ignore it.

I thought the blogs did a decent job of bringing issues to the table that the Howard County press was slow to pick up.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Steve Fine said...

There are two sides to allowing comments to be anonymous, on one side it encourages shy people to participate and lets people be honest and frank that otherwise could not be. One the other hand, the lack of accountability can crate problems sometimes. I chose to allow anonymous posts on my blog.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, agree Anon 7:51. Tracking anonymous commenters smacks of being a tad creepy.

If blogs do invite anonymous posts, but then engage in stripping away that anonymity, I wouldn't frequent those blogs either.

Perhaps decent bloggers should post and adhere to privacy and editorial policies? Too bad there's not a 'Better Bloggers Bureau' or a clearing house for blogs that issues 'Seals of Good Blogkeeping'.

Re: Steve's comment, I believe there's more issues to banning truly free speech than allowing it.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...

Just abour everyone who comments at my site is anonymousm which is perfectly fine with me. However, I have it set up so that commenters are forced to at least provide a unique nickname to avoid a string of commenters using the name "anonymous", which I believe is Evan's major problem with anonymous commenters on this site. Once I approve their first comment, then they are able to use that same nickname again and again for future comments without reapproval.

I don't know if Blogger has this capability, but Wordpress does.

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way, Wissing. What Keelan did prompts more and more people to refrain from identifying with a single logon name.

The choice is simple:

Allow anonymous commenters and tolerate those who come to blow off steam,

or,

Disallow anonymous commenters and constrict information and opinion.

In either case, being identified and tracked by the blogger makes the blogger untrustworthy.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 8:23: A great idea!

Really.

Bloggers should post privacy warnings or practices. Each different blog seems to have a different set of parameters on this point. If blog-mates hold bloggers to honesty standards, then it would work. (Culture as the great enforcer).

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The benefit to David's way is that it differentiates between anons, but still protects privacy. Not only is multiple anons confusing... but it prohibits blog readers from guaging the credibility of specific writers. For instance, on another blog, after awhile I skipped all posts by someone named Bubba because they were usually empty slams or name calling. An occasional slam can be excused, or a string of posts that irked me- but had substance and reasoning behind them were fine. If everyone is anon- its hard to tell the terminally grumpy from the occassionally miffed.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous David W. Keelan said...

Tracking commenters? Let us be clear. No one can track who is making comments. Let me say that again. No one can track who is making comments.

The Mary Smith incident. Maybe it is time to tell you how that came about.

A lot of people felt her comments were getting crazier and crazier and really off the wall. Almost 1/2 a dozen people wanted me to knock her off the blog. I didn't want to so I compromised and moderated her comments instead. That pissed her off and guess what - she deluged me with email.

Then 3 seperate people emailed me saying I know who Mary Smith is and here is why I think I know. I was encouraged to out her.

What I could have done was put up a post that said "I KNOW WHO MARY SMITH IS" and written her name in big bold letters in the middle of the post. I didn't do that. What I did was test the waters and Mary bit and outed herself.

Since then Mary Smith started going around to the local blogs (the ones that existed at the time) saying I was encouraging people to post things on my blog using the "Mary Smith" handle.

This is what one blogger sent to me:

David is encouraging others to post, masquerading as Mary or being openly misinterpreted as Mary, and yet others believe this theft and are writing responses wherein she purportedly said things that the real Mary never said.

...and further, David knows this is not Mary's IP address, not her employer, he knows.

...Another reader of David's site has let me know that David also tracked his i/p address, found out who he was and now tracks his employer, actually letting him know about the employer link.


Good riddence Mary Smith.

What is ironic about this is that 99% of the people who are complaining about this whole issue still don't know who Mary Smith is.

So, be warned (as written in my disclaimer) if you lie about people, make outrageous claims without any proof or backing you will be outed. If you don't like it I have nothing to regret. If you don't like me because of it - I can't do or say anything to change your mind. That is my blog policy.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You claim to have not outed her, but then go on to defend outing her.

The point is that when using a specific handle, anyone can post as you, even though it may not be you. It's dangerous.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, as I recall, you said something about her employer, right there on the blog. That makes comments trace-able, in opposition to your claim.

As the commenter on the other blog said, "creepy". Like it or not, that's your legacy from those actions.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous David W. Keelan said...

So be it. And I never mentioned her employer. Produce the quote and the link please. I know you can't because I never did it. You accusations are unfounded. I will go on and defend myself because I didn't out her. Please produce her name.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A taunt? This is crazy. It was creepy. You can salvage it or continue to defend what you say you didn't do. It's up to you at this point, but I will not be a part of your game.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous David W. Keelan said...

Not a taunt but a simple request to cite your source. If you can not cite a reliable source then that speaks for itself. This is your game not mine. If you can't cite source and provide a link (and I know you can't) then I have proven my point. Over and Out.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keelan, it is interesting to see you, as a "public figure" having to defend yourself and the misperceptions of those who probably didn't care for you or your position from the start.

Look how the Mary Smith issue keeps coming up even though it has long been done with.

I hope it makes you more understanding of our elected officials and what you and others "see" and "read". I also hope it also encourages you to honestly offer “best wishes to our newly elected public servants.”

7:41 AM  
Anonymous David W. Keelan said...

Anon 7:41

I have a new perspective indeed.

I also hope it also encourages you to honestly offer “best wishes to our newly elected public servants.”

I have offered my sincerest best wishes.

8:47 AM  
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