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On Deadline: Does anonymity cause online rudeness?

Original post made on Sep 26, 2007

Ever since www.PaloAltoOnline.com launched the "Town Square" comment forum last year there has been a community debate of sorts on whether anonymity is the best policy for the forum.

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Posted by Pauline
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 26, 2007 at 5:42 pm

This is HILARIOUS! Thanks, Jay!

I have seen the same thing on the Forum, some group "policing", and more importantly many of us learning to ignore the..well, just quote your last paragraph.

Some of us might start to peek our heads out again.


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Posted by JW
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 26, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Let me first say I think Palo Alto Town Square has been the most liberating experience for PA, I love it. I love the format; the anonymity of using aliases has meant that at last we are getting not only honest criticism of our City Government but many creative ideas.

Perhaps Jay you are too sensitive, don't change a thing. Let the free wheeling ideas keep coming. The Palo Alto Town Square is by far the best comment forum in town.




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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:00 pm

I second JW's comments. Do not change anything.


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