Quotation: A wall of anonymity

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I’ve always believed that one of the biggest downfalls of the internet is the ability to hide behind a wall of anonymity. Back before blogs and Web 2.0 became the norm, message boards and forums suffered from many of the same problems that blog comment sections now face. Those message boards that were heavily patrolled and censored, that deleted inappropriate users, banned trolls’ IP addresses, and stuck to extremely strict posing policies were the only ones worth reading. Message boards that were unmoderated were magnets for spam and ignorance. It seems that without a “big brother”, message boards, and now comments sections, will always resort back to the lowest common denominator.

-Rob Pitingolo, Extraordinary Observations

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