No on anonymous comments. I agree with the above comments that it would become some sort of cyber max max parody. You would have Realtors, housing bears, amateur economist, and stormfront posters just going buck wild on Patrick.net.
I do want to make it very easy for new users to join though, especially civil and interesting people. That was part of the idea behind "Invite an expert to fact-check this" but no one uses that for some reason. Maybe too much work to look up experts' email addresses.
I can't imagine how much easier and hassle free registering for your site can be.(unless things have changed that I'm not aware of)
All you ask for is a email address and a username. Every thing else seems to be optional. This site and a few others like it, are as far as I'm willing to delve into Social Network sites. Where you give every detail about your self, and what you type or post is taken out of context and used against you. Or worse yet, someone else can tag and associate you with a post or questionable content you otherwise wouldn't want on the internet.
I thought the brightest people all concurred early on in the internet that anonymity was crucial for healthy safe online activity. A username managed by an email account. I mean any law enforcement agency could trace down any unlawful post or activity. But you don't want you're online world biting you in the ass in the offline world. Be it for safety or privacy reasons.
Thanks! Yes, all I ask is an email address and a username.
I wouldn't even ask that, but the email address is so just damn useful for:
* Recovering lost passwords.
* Letting people subscribe to the newslinks, or comments.
* Putting users in direct contact if they both agree to the "befriend" thing.
* Telling users to chill out and stop insulting others.
Also, spammers used to not bother to register because of the email requirement. But lately, they do register, so that bit of value isn't there anymore. It's amazing how quickly the spam techniques evolve, like some kind of irradiated slime mold.