We welcome and encourage people to comment on news and feature stories an on blog posts, but the N.C. Coastal Federation doesn’t allow anonymous comments. To comment on our site, you must login using your Facebook account.
We know that anonymity has become the rule on the Internet, but we also know that many Web site comment sections amount to little more than barroom brawls where crudity, personal attacks, meanness and just plain nastiness are the norm. Because of that many sites are reconsidering their policies on anonymous comments. This article
in The New York Times
pretty much sums up our thoughts.
We want thoughtful debate, not personal slanders. We want comments that educate our readers, not demean them. We hope that lifting the veil of anonymity will discourage the silliness that goes on other Web sites.
The federation, though, reserves the right to delete comments that are abusive, off-topic, use any foul language or include ad hominem attacks. We moderate comments on our news posts. We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view.
Although rare, we will ban accounts entirely if a commenter continually violates site policy.