One of the reasons the Commonty exists at all is to allow a completely free access platform for the arts to talk about what is happening. In order to make everything as open-access as possible a decision was made years ago to allow anonymous comments on the blog (see our general policy here). As happens from time to time when a particular issue really gets discussion going the old Commonty chestnut of 'its not fair that people can comment anonymously' and 'people should be brave enough to put their names to their comments' comes up.
At Commonty Central we think the principle of open-access is sacred and that it is better that voices are heard (in whatever form) than only 'official' voices having a platform....and at least, in this way, opinions can be challenged even if nobody really knows who is talking to who....the discussion is alive and visible.
BUT - what we would like to ask is that maybe people could be a bit more creative with their anonymity (we are all creative people - right). Blogger is a pretty blunt instrument - but the comment settings that The Commonty uses allow you to comment as many things including an alias. There is a practical reason that we are asking this - because when there are multiple posts by 'anonymous' it gets very difficult to see who is responding to who.
Here is how to comment anonymously - but under an alias
|If you are the first to comment on a post then click the 'no comments' button at the bottom of the post|
|This box will pop up (and will be at the bottom of a thread of existing comments) - click the arrow beside the 'comment as' box|
|This 'drop down menu' will be displayed.....to post under an alias - click 'Name/URL'|
|Write your alias in the 'Name' box......you can leave the URL box blank (or if you are feeling very adventurous you can put in a link to an online photo or a website that adds another dimension to your alias)|
If people feel very strongly about the rights and wrongs of anonymous comments then bring on the debate....The Commonty belongs to all of us and if a majority want to change the system - then so be it!