I'd like to ask the list about anonymous comments. I'm sure the
collective wisdom of the list has plumbed the question, figured out the
fors and againsts of registration for commenting and has opinions. This
for me is coming out of a real-world situation with Found|Read, a site
that uses PublicSquare which requires everyone to register or log in to
leave a comment. I am reconsidering the value of that decision.
People have complained that they have to register "just" to leave a
comment on Found|Read however, comment *quantity* as well as quality
went up when we switched to BoxesandArrows to PublicSquare. Found|Read
has never see anything else but sign-in required, and its numbers are a
fraction of GigaOm's so its comments should be the same. I've worked
with user data for many years, especially at Yahoo and I know that you
have to look at hard data as well as opinion and what seems logical
isn't always true. Though it makes sense in abstract registration would
reduce the number of comments, is it accurate? And is it a problem? Do
you lose useful comments?
Moreover, look at the quality of anonymous comments- often defamatory,
obscene, and ill-conceived. Kathy Seirra mess came out of anonymous
commenting as much as anything else-- with out a channel for the
audience to correct badly behaving members of her community, she because
a victim of the participatory media she championed.
BTW, the registration on PublicSquare, if you haven't done it on Boxes
and Arrows, is first name/lastname username email password twice.
Slightly larger than the minimum but not much.