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Re: [alac] Re: [alac-admin] New Website action items

  • To: Bret Fausett <bfausett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [alac] Re: [alac-admin] New Website action items
  • From: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 16:32:07 -0400

I think it's important that we permit some anonymous posting. We can rate-limit it to a few anonymous posts per day, encourage people to register with verifiable email addresses (including mailinator), but I wouldn't support excluding that avenue of participation altogether. If the forum fills up with trolls, that itself says something about ICANN and ALAC.


At 12:35 PM 9/9/2005 -0700, Bret Fausett wrote:
Another thing to consider is pseudonyms. For example, I don't allow
"anonymous" comments on my weblog but registered users don't have to
provide their real names. If a registered user is abusing the comments
(e.g., "Texas Hold 'Em" gambling spam or Jim Fleming), I can delete the
comment and block the user from future posts (by either registered name
or IP address). You only need to look at the ICANNWatch web site to see
the damage done by a couple of people to the quality of the board.
Slashdot-style message boards allow you to filter content, but I think
most people use the default and never learn how to control what they
read. Something about ICANN seems to bring out the trolls. I don't think
we should require people to post their real names, but I would like to
encourage the use of real names and somehow create a forum that
encourages quality over daily posts about ipv8.

8 -- My recollection of the discussions about the website is that the ALAC wanted people to sign-up to use the fora to encourage discussion between identified At-Large community members. Whether or not anonymous postings are allowed is, of course, completely up to the ALAC.

-- Wendy Seltzer -- wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/seltzer.html

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