Techhell: PC LOAD LETTER: Techhell: Can you imagine what it would be like if the rest of the USA could put a face or at least a real name to the Freepers?We have:[blogs.e-rockford.com image 393x329]Such a lazy response. Of course, the more that gets used to represent the Freepers, the more terrifying it could be if we actually got a chance to find out who the Freepers really are in real life, and realized that our next door neighbour is the guy posting "N0bumma Is The AntiChrist!" and advocating for the sterilization of all Atheists. That nice guy next door, with three kids, who's a firefighter. Not some inbred yokel./Example pulled out of my arse, as I've only gone to Freeperland to see if they do have a way to identify each user. Turns out it's not even as stringent as Fark's method of potentially self-identifying in the User Profile.
reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.
naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.
RobSeace: Out of pure laziness, I usually end up using my real name for logins everywhere, anyway... I usually try "Agrajag" first, but 99.9% of the time, that's already been taken by another Hitchhiker's Guide fan, so other than that I've got nothing creative I want to go by other than my own name... And, I hate doing the old "keep appending random numbers to the name until you find a version that hasn't yet been taken" trick... (Though, I did settle on "Agrajag4242" for my Xbox gamertag...)
sulco: I've never understood the sites/newspapers/etc that use Facebook accts as their line of authentication for commenting on their sites.
NostroZ: vygramul: Pumpernickel bread: picturescrazy: I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.You know, that is very true. While sometimes contentious (certainly on the politics board), the discourse here is usually very enlightening. I typically know more about a subject, sometimes much more, from reading the Fark comments, than I would have had I just read the article, or depended on the commenters at some inferior news aggregator site.We're certainly no youtube comments section.Absolutely, the comments range from detached mockery to snide remarks... here at Fark, we pride ourselves on relevant discussions that informs.Oh, that's not what we do?Right... "It's not News, It's Fark"A collection of personalities vying for attention with 'funny' comments that would make a Jr. High cafeteria look tame.If only humor was a detached sense of futility where the critic's job is to whine incessantly, then Fark would take the gold.
2xcited: Jackmeoff, Johnny pharkerfeister and Al E.Gator applaud these actions
czetie: There is a huge difference between pseudonymous comments and anonymous comments. A pseudonym is still an identity and has the important characteristic that if I act like a dick under this handle there are consequences down the line, ranging from antagonism to being farkied as "pompous windbag" to being outright ignored. By contrast, anonymous contents are free of all social consequences.And as any student of game theory knows, a game played repeatedly has very different optimization strategy from a game played only once.The fact that occasionally, the true identity behind an especially appalling pseudonym might be revealed resulting in extended social consequences is a bonus, but its not essential.
reillan: megarian: reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.I'm so sorry for your condition.Doctors say it's curable.
megarian: reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.I'm so sorry for your condition.
Elegy: Because people never set up fake Facebook accounts etc for the purposes of trolling sites that require "identification?"
GoldSpider: HuffPo an echo chamber? Who knew?
Maul555: The days of anonymous commenting on The Huffington Post are numbered.A man can dream...
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