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Staffbox | What would your anonymous screen name be?

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // March 12,2008 -

If you were to take up making anonymous comments on local Websites, what would your screen name be?

Emily Prachthauser: AnonimityMakesMeAnAss.

Faith Burhham: If I told you, I’d have to kill you. My online persona took years to create!

Ben Rosch: ILikeToMakeAnonymousComments_98745977499. I think that is the only one left available.

Bill Frost: Jackie Motherfucking Briggs, PhD.

Scott Renshaw: I would be in favor of using my “porn name”: childhood pet + the street you grew up on. Mine would be “Pepper Ream.” Swear to god.

Annie Quan: I would much rather give my real name. What’s the point of making comments and not have your name known? When I read anonymous comments, I just think, “Blah, blah, blah. Idiot. Disregard.”

Jackie Briggs: IAmUninformedSoIHideBehindThis_screenname16.

Steve Matney: What do you mean, if I were to? Don’t you mean, when I do? And when I do, my screen name is WimminLuvHimHatahsFeerHim42069.

Jerre Wroble: I seldom make such posts, but if I did, it would be as “George W. Bush,” thereby relieving me of the need to proofread or even make any cogent points with my posting at all.

Chelsie Booker:

Jennifer Higgins: Does this have something to do with that Kentucky representative. trying to make anonymous Internet posting illegal? It’s scary they are even considering this. It’s just one more step towards eliminating net neutrality! Don’t let them take away our last real outlet for free speech!

Valeri Tronier: I’ll go with ShortSidedSid because I’m extremely fair—especially when posting anonymously on Websites—with the Sid thrown in for alliteration.

Holly Mullen: I’m pretty damned noble about this: I never post comments anonymously. Put up or shut up, I always say. However, if I were to go all postal about something, I’d certainly post as John “The Greek” Saltas.


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Posted // March 13,2008 at 11:22 On the lighter side, I thought the snippets in this staff box article were hilarious! lighten up, people. Oh and I’m using my porn name.


Posted // March 12,2008 at 15:00 Hey journalistas...showing open contempt of your readership base is usually not the best way to gain fans...


Posted // March 12,2008 at 10:00 All this blather about anonymous comments and how heinous they are! What I see are journalists who are just not used to being held accountable for their words and having to discuss them openly. You prefer the shotgun approach of fire and forget journalism. After all, it was fine that we were all anonymous when we were the readers, you didn’t give shit what our names were then. As soon as we have something to say then you disregard our input as unworthy and demand our names. nnHow about let’s forget who we are and discuss the topic at hand? God forbid you should be called upon to defend your work. This is the absolute beauty of anonymity on the internet: it removes any bias or prejudice and strips the discussion down to its most basic form. And it prevents one of the debaters from shuffling the issue off to Buffalo by taking it offline, which is a euphamism for I don’t want anyone to see you kicking my ass any more than they already have.nnYou want to know what my name is? Act like you care when you’re writing at this anonymous face in the crowd and ask it nicely before I have the urge to express an opinion back. After all, no matter what I say to you in response to what you’ve written, I read what you wrote; which among you does not need us to read your work, no matter how stupid, uninformed, or porly spellt our response is?


Posted // March 12,2008 at 09:29 Put up or shut up. Either remove Anonymous as an option for your posters or quick bitching about it. I suspect, however, that comments to your stories/blogs will drop off dramatically.