Boston.com contacted some people who frequently comment on their website to talk about anonymity. They share their thoughts and experiences and you get a good idea of the background of these people. They are normal people.

Boston.com tried contacting the trolls etc. but none of them would talk.

This is what stood out for me and justifies why anonymity is important…

… while preserving some measure of anonymity, so that, say, a closeted gay student would still feel comfortable posting a comment about the climate at his high school.

I don’t agree with the registration system where you have to provide a “real name” and “real address”, as these can easily be faked.

I don’t have to carry identification when I walk the street do I?