Mary Ruane on not allowing anonymous comments
One of my concerns about your website is the number of comments on it from people who use pin names or indeed as we see on this page use terms like ‘From Someone Familiar with Maynooth’ and ‘A woman from Ballina’.
While the comments made by such contributors may be worthwhile, interesting and true, they lose all credibility when they are made by faceless or in this case nameless people. If people feel passionately about any issue then they deserve a platform to air their view – but not behind the cover of anonymous emails.
I don’t often agree with Brendan Hoban’s view but I respect his right to make them but more importantly his honesty in putting his name to them. I distrust anyone who won’t do this when making public comment.
I have regularly read the comments on this site and despair at the amount of them left unsigned. (Putting Mary or Tom or Martin is unsigned in my books.) It’s a feature of your website I disagree strongly with and believe that it prevents a lot of people from contributing.
It’s well known if people can voice comments anonymously the pen is much swifter in making statements.
While insisting people use their own name and you verifying they are who they say they are – before putting up their comments, may cut back on the amount of comments which you can display – I believe it would improve the validity, standard and worth of those that are displayed. It would also make your site a more credible platform for the airing of views on all topics covered.
Anything less I believe is of little service to anyone.