Thursday, February 21, 2013

This would be the end to Razor and his kind

A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online.
The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.


Another bullshit law. While I dislike trolls like that fucking idiot Razor who's too much of a coward to reveal his real name, I have the option to just not publish his comments.
The government's been slowly eroding our 2A Rights for years, now they're starting on 1A, the Freedom of Speech aspect anyways - they've destroyed the rest of it already.
And of course the media's going to cheer them on on, at least until it starts to affect them, then they'll be outraged as hell.


Robert Fowler said...

Personally, I have never posted anonymously, But I like that the option is there. And like you, I have the option of not allowing comments from idiots. This is just more nanny state bullshit. It's about time to take our country back. Along with everything else we are stocking, maybe short pieces of rope should be on the list. For those politicians that are fond of trampling our rights. Along with a good supply of tar and feathers.

crankyjohn said...

That would be an end to smart ass's like me as well.

Bustednuckles said...

Apparently these people have never heard of such things as IP Anonymizers, TOR and other useful applications.

I personally don't much care for anonymous comments myself in general but there are occasions where I can see them to be appropriate.
Just for shits and grins, Let me introduce myself Kenny.
My name is Phil.
Phil Paul.
Yes, I have two, actually three, first names and have had to deal with that mess my whole life.
I don't have any problem standing behind my comments.
I have used the handle Bustednuckles ever since I started commenting on the web over a decade ago and Google never forgets to prove it.
Even a pseudonym is better than anonymous fer chrissakes.
I don't see the need for a damn law to combat this issue however.
There are too many fucking laws on the books as it is.

wirecutter said...

Pleased to meet ya, man. Nice thing about having 2-3 'first' names is you can go to whatever line's shortest when you gotta line up alphabetically.

I generally don't mind commenters using a handle, (hell, I don't know half my friends real names) until they start talking shit about me. I figure if a man's got something shitty to say he shouldn't hide.

Funny thing about that - ever since I let Razor know that I knew his name I haven't heard a peep out of him. That says a lot to me about the kind of man he is.

m_reichert58 said...

If I take the time to write something in the comment section I expect to stand by it. Anonymous folks are cowards, after all they can write their post name (aka) at the end of their post, like I do.
Papa Mike

wirecutter said...

Well, Razor used a handle too and I had no problem with that until he started getting shitty, Papa Mike.

Hell, you've pulled me up short a time or two but at least you (and others) don't hide while doing it and I respect you for that.

I've even had folks email me with comments from a legitimate address so I can reply to them, and I have no problem with that.

Anonymous said...

Just how many more laws do we need?
Fuck, why does the need not to be offended lead to another shitty law that chips away at our liberty.

I post anonymously because I don't feel like signing up with these companies.


wirecutter said...

And see, your tag at the end of your comments suits MY requirements just fine.
If it didn't...... I just wouldn't post your comment. Matter of fact, I've deleted a couple of comments today that weren't signed in some way or another.

So yeah, you're right. Why do we need another fucking law? Leave it up to the site admin. Their site, their rules. Don't cost nobody nothing, no lawmen involved. It works just fine.

Brian said...

I am so proud of this anti-law thread. Bunch of fucking libertarians!