A small request for those commenting

2006-08-08

in Internet matters, Writing

I would be much obliged if, when commenting, you would call yourself something other than ‘Anonymous.’ Anything at all that distinguishes you from other commenter who don’t want to leave names, aliases, or initials would be wonderful. At present, threads with multiple commenters, all called ‘Anonymous’, are likely to become rather difficult to understand.

With regards to the need to provide an email address, this is to help prevent spam comments. Using your real email address, will over, time reduce the probability of your comment getting eaten as spam. That said, I do have the ability to see which email addresses people have listed. If you really don’t want me to know who you are, you can always use something like “nottelling@history.ox.ac.uk” or whatever strikes your fancy. Doing so will somewhat increase the probability of your comment being marked as spam, but if you aren’t doing anything else dodgy – like linking to virus laden websites – you should be fine regardless. The system is also clever enough to learn, over time, that comments from a particular computer are safe.

I very much enjoy getting comments and engaging in discussion here. Along with other roles, the blog is a device through which I hope to refine ideas and positions, on the basis of intelligent criticism. As such, all substantive contributions are appreciated.

As always, any technical problems with the blog should be reported on the bug thread.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan August 8, 2006 at 12:25 pm

R.K.,

The blog really isn’t that wide-ranging. Also, people are naturally free to comment only on those topics that interest them.

R.K. August 8, 2006 at 12:22 pm

“I very much enjoy getting comments and engaging in discussion here. Along with other roles, the blog is a device through which I hope to refine ideas and positions, on the basis of intelligent criticism.”

That’s great, but it’s hard for people to engage with a blog that meanders through so many disciplines.

squirrel August 8, 2006 at 8:00 pm

My name is in regards to the rodents that scurry around campus, rummaging through garbage and having absolutely no fear of students. As for my email, I just fear that I might get spammed. I receive about one hundred emails per day inviting me to enhance the functions of my genitals, you see.

Milan August 8, 2006 at 8:07 pm

squirrel,

Your namessakes once ate a Toblerone that was meant to be a gift for a close friend of mine.

No spam organizations will get hold of my database of email addresses; they live exclusively in my blog. That said, it is generally wise to be cautious.

Meghan August 9, 2006 at 5:35 pm

I’m still bitter about that Toblerone. Curse those furry demons.

Milan August 9, 2006 at 5:40 pm

As well you should be. What manner of curse do you recommend?

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