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May 24, 2012
It's hard to imagine this going through, especially considering the Supreme Court precedent mentioned in the article. But, nonetheless, it would have interesting ramifications for MP and the discussions here.

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Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Joined Jul 17, 2006
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May 24, 2012
dude I love the trolls... Trolling a troll is one of my favorite things to do at work. If NY actually carries through with this it will be a signifigant hit to freedom of speech. Unassigned User
Joined Dec 31, 1969
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May 24, 2012
Interesting article. Why would NY, or the US for that matter, care who is behind each comment online? What purpose or gain would come from such a law? randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
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May 24, 2012
It sounds like some balding middle aged legislator is probably angry about comments that have been posted about them online. Either way given the precedent set by the US Supreme Court I see that bill getting knocked down in a hurry if it ever becomes law. Caleb Cerling
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
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May 24, 2012
Well, I suppose we are all more or less anon here- though it takes very little to figure out who I am, by way of example.
I don't believe in total anonymity in comments, as I believe that I should be willing to own anything I am willing to say... a philosophy I believe that would improve most discussions. However...
There are places where things are done anon for reasons such as self protection. Shoot, Joe the Plumer had the IRS all up in his "plumbing" after asking Obama questions in a non-anon forum.
If this law were to pass, I'd make it a policy to start immediately with being as anonymous as possible. I'd invite the test case. The IJ and the ACLU I am sure would lend a lawyer or 20...
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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May 24, 2012
randy88fj62 wrote:
What purpose or gain would come from such a law?

Less feelings would be hurt. It seems that is our highest national priority, domestically.
matt davies
Joined Mar 9, 2007
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May 24, 2012
So, I wonder, if this bill were to pass, would sites that have a presence in NY be required to prohibit any anonymous posters regardless of their location?

The more I think about it, the more of a cluster this would be. Just imagine, social media ceases to exist in NY because site owners wouldn't enforce this regulation for people outside of the state of NY.
Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Joined Jul 17, 2006
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May 24, 2012
If that happens, I'm legally changing my name to Mutto N. Face. That article gave me diarrhea. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
703 points
May 24, 2012
awww crap . you mean there goes all the nifty screen names,and now we gotta post up our REAL fake name, like on our Facebook profiles? Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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May 28, 2012
My invite to that party must have got lost in the mail....

...Nice crowd!
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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May 28, 2012
Its NY, you need lawyers to buy a home. What do you expect from the most over regulated state in the union? Merlin
From Grand Junction
Joined Mar 13, 2006
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May 28, 2012
JonathanHillis wrote:
dude I love the trolls... Trolling a troll is one of my favorite things to do at work. If NY actually carries through with this it will be a signifigant hit to freedom of speech.


I would disagree with the "hit to freedom of speech" comment. Not all speech is protected. Liable and slander are not protected. I like the idea of people standing behind their negative or false comments with their name. It would be nice if it actually curbed some of the destructive behavior on the internet. You look at something like facebook, where your name is attached to every post, the negativity is not nearly as high when you look at something like the anonymous comments on cnn.com.
TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Joined Jun 2, 2009
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May 28, 2012
The Dread Pirate Killis wrote:
The next pic in the series was requested not to be published by one of the girls who has political aspirations. Too bad, it was a good one... Hey, we were talking politics, right? I lost track..


Dude, how did you explain without complete embarrassment what MP.com was, why you made the sign, and why you wanted to say "suck it" to them? I keep my online beefs way private. Even discussing it with friends makes me squirm in my chair. Gah.

That said, the bully pulpit is much nicer with hot chicks on it.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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