There does seem to be a difficulty surrounding anonymous commenting on Warwick Blogs. On the one hand there is the advantages of allowing anyone in the world to comment on your blog anonymously:
- Wider mix of opinion; views can come from outside the bubble.
- Controversial opinions can be expressed freely.
- Concealing your identity possible.
- Its handy when you can't be bothered to log in or the log in breaks.
And on the other we have the disadvantages:
- Anyone from outside the bubble can abuse people on their blogs through comments, or be annoying by typing repetitive/the same comment over and over.
- No response mechanism, except deletion, to abusive comments precisely because the comments are anonymous.
I'm not sure how to resolve these issues. To keep the benefits but lose the disadvantages. I assume it is impractical to keep a database of non-warwick university warwick blog community members with an e-mail address authenticated account? This seems to be the standard method of allowing anyone to comment but still keeping it relatively easy to control user access. Another option would be I.P. address banning, something that is often use in IRC chat rooms to get rid of persistant chat abusers. I wonder if there is reason why this hasn't been implemented, beyond time constraints. Perhaps it has and I just haven't noticed it.
I'm not sure what the solution is but it does seem to be a steadily growing area of difficulty in the blog community.