Figured I’d post on something other than death and football…extremes can make you sick, right?
Sometime over the last couple of weeks, somebody asked me about anonymous comments and why I don’t allow them on my site. I mean, I seem to be a guy that is all for open dialogue so why not allow anonymous comments?
Here’s why – anonymous comments isn’t open dialogue. It’s a monologue. Anonymous has no accountability, flesh and bone, or feelings. Anonymous is illegimate parenting. Spawn off an idea and then take no responsibility for it. It’s immature.
I put my name on everything written here or everything I say. Anonymous doesn’t.
Anonymous threatens true, biblical, authentic community because anonymous doesn’t have to be accountable or ever apologize.
Grace Church had these little tear off comment cards. Every week someone would interrupt their worship of God in order to write something hurtful and/or stupid on these little cards and put it IN THE OFFERING PLATE and NOT SIGN IT. Think about that for a moment. I’m going to complain during worship and offer that to God as my offering and do it anonymously.
That stopped this past year. No, Grace still has the comment card thing but I told our admin assistant – who gets them before I do – if it’s not signed, throw it away. If it’s not important enough for them to talk face to face or even sign their name to it – it’s not important enough for me to read it.
As far as this blog goes, I see this as an extension of my house. The front porch, if you will. All are welcomed here and you’re welcome to say your mind. Just own it and be nice about it. Act like we were sitting in front of each other.
Those of you who blog – why or why don’t you allow anonymous comments?
And yes – you have to put your name on your answer! 🙂