My friends at the Gazette have switched over to Facebook commenting for their online articles, which I of course think is a good thing. Yes, trolls and cranks thrive under a cloak of anonymity.
But based on a Facebook posting I received in the dead of night (2:00 AM) I'm now not so sure that simply having to identify yourself keeps the discussion civil and prevents namecalling ...
UPDATE (11:15 AM):
So Mr. Geryk has removed his incendiary comment from my highly public Facebook page.
But no, I'm not going to remove it here. In Massachusetts you cannot record someone without their knowledge, but if someone calls you up and leaves a message on your voice mail then that is fair game.
These are in response to article about Maria Geryk's $11,000 raise:
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