Should news organizations allow anonymous comments?
Most media sources today offer a space for comments and many allow users to comment anonymously.
The topic continues to be a problematic one for online writers. Speaking at SXSW, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton said: "Anonymity is at the heart of the internet and discovery of truth through the internet" but at the same time, there are stories his journalists won't write because they fear reader backlash.
Former Gawker writer Doree Shafrir said, "The tone of a comment thread was set within 30 seconds of your post going up, and more often than not, what you wrote — particularly if it was personal — felt like an attack by a thousand spikes all piercing you at the same time."
Do the news sites you visit or work for allow anonymous comments online? Do you think sites should require self-identification from readers?