Wednesday, June 21, 2006

No more anonymous

This is something I've considered off and on for the last month, more so since the anonynmous attacks flaring up recently. From now on, everyone who wants to comment needs at least a blogger screenname. They are not hard to get and in the comment section, it is easy to sign up for one in a blogger account (Free).

15 comments:

Big Kahuna said...

A great idea!

Beth said...

It's about time! It seems to me that anyone who comments and has to sign it ANONYNMOUS is a coward!
Great Idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Twain said...

Yes, is sure is good to know that all posters now have to reveal their REAL identity.

Patrick Flynn said...

You're missing the point, Mr. Twain.

Bravo, Dan.

BigShot said...

Awsome idea!!!

Count Me Red said...

I don't mind using a Blogger name, but Dan, do you run this Blog or does Maria Stuart? They're just mad that noone reads the paper anymore. I am not privy to the "anonymous incident" in recent days, but there are nuts everywhere. I will comply, but not because Maria Stuart thinks it's a good idea, because, who cares?

Republican Michigander said...

It was not Maria Stuart's decision. I changed it before I read her editorial.

I was leaning that way since the attack on Jay Drick's family.

anonymous said...

Good deal, Dan.

Pogo said...

I've met the enemy and he is us.

Mark Twain said...

Yes, Mr. Flynn . . . I have missed the point. Please enlighten me . . . why is it superior to post under a potentially unlimited number of different names rather than posting under anonymous? I look forward to reading your explanation . . .

Patrick Flynn said...

OK Kevin, Oh I mean MarkT. You see it's not important that you comment by your baptized name (although I do). What I think is important is that a personality develops with your postings that other bloggers get to recognize when you consistently use a particular name.

Im not really sure why that seems to matter, but I think it does.

Otherwise it's like responding to grafitti. What's the point?

Take you, I mean Kevin for example. We really got to know him. I think it benefits him that he presented his true developing character to the other bloggers. If he is proud of his character, and I think he is, doesn't that make sense?

BTW Dan was considering barring anons for some time now. He mentioned it to me months ago at an event.

Mike MacTavish said...

There's an improvement. At least screennames are required now.

A Yahoo Refugee said...

Today's Press Argus- the lead story was the $4 million dollar boost that the festival gives to the local community, businessmen, merchants, and local Chamber of Commerce.

Yet in the same paper, on the editorial page, the local Howell School District is cited for “poor financial strategy” because some kids will have to go to Parker if it is able to open on time.

You see, while the Balloon Fest may contribute $4 million to the local economy (good for business), it is a financial drain on the school. The week long set-up, event, and takedown actually costs the school district a considerable amount of money. The vendors and carnival draws electrical power off the school buildings, paid for by taxpayers from the school operational budget. And any mess left behind by guests that the vendors don’t clean up, is eventually cleaned up by the staff of the school system.

It is my understanding that last year the Balloon Fest cost the Howell School District over $50K in additional expenses. This year could be much higher, in that the cost of electricity to run the rides is higher this year as well.

A good question to ask our local community leaders would be: Who pays for the event? Are all the costs to the local school district paid for? What financial “cut”, if any, goes to the school system for the balloon fest?

I think the balloon fest is a great event- but it should not be a financial burden on the school system.

Itsa Me said...

Once again the repubs are tring to suppress free speech.

A Yahoo Refugee said...

Note:

I checked out with the school today whether the balloonfest was a net drain or a net gain for the school district, and found out that in fact, the Chamber does make a fiancial contribution to the school, and that the electricity used off the grid during balloonfest is paid for by the organizers, and not the school district. Rick Terres, School Financial Adminstrator, corrected me on this point.

I stand corrected.

thanks for those who wrote me, pointing me in the right direction.

Jim Pratt