WisOpinion won't publish the remarks of any writer without his or her name. At the Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog, we won't publish a comment without a full name or valid e-mail address. The idea, I suppose, is that it encourages intellectual responsibility and civility.
Some of the anonymous and pseudonymous comments on this blog are trenchant - even if I don't agree. But many are a waste of time. The ones that really bother me are filled with partisan bile but written by people who I suspect could make a point if they really tried.
Shouldn't we encourage responsibility? Aren't readers entitled to know who is talking to them. Shouldn't I ban anonymous or pseudonymous comments?