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Who are you? Who, who, who, who? Montana Standard will now tell who posted old comments

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheSportsPredictor, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  2. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Would be funny if it turned out the biggest troll was Brent Musburger.
  3. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    I have a problem with this.

    This is so typical of newspapers being fucking cheap. .... In this situation too fucking cheap to get software that will keep the old user names anonymous.

    Inevitably, someone will get burned by this and probably lose their fucking job or marriage or something, because of the cheap fucks running the paper.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015
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  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Agree, and the editor seems to be making the usual excuses but seems more than willing to throw the "noxious" commenters under the bus.

    Many folks making comments are horrible, but that doesn't mean you just change your policy afterward.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Would the commenters have any legal recourse to this against the paper,say, if their comments got them fired from their job, because the paper broke the terms of service?
  6. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    Fair question but I doubt a judge or jury would side with a snarky asshole anonymous internet poster.
  7. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    This is horseshit. You can't change the rules like that.
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  8. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Moral of the story: Don't be a fucking asshole (nor a coward) and you should be OK.
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  9. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    You know, it's like the policy we have here. We may look harshly at someone for saying something stupid but we have a "No outing" policy for a reason. What if ownership suddenly IDed everyone of us.

    The "don't be an asshole" lesson doesn't cut it. The policy was for comments to be anonymous and retroactively changing that should be criminal.
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  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Good thing there's no wingnuts running loose up there in Montana. Otherwise it could get messy.
  11. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I've got something like 10k posts on here under an anonymous handle... but honestly, I'm not sure there's been a single one I wouldn't attach my name to.

    I'm not sure I'm entirely OK with what the Montana paper is doing, but don't be an asshole just because you think you're anonymous. It's not that hard. The semi-anonynimity of the net has really crippled public discourse.
  12. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat. With 2,000 posts, I'm probably considered a lurker here, but there's nothing I've ever said on this board in 10 years that I wouldn't say to your face.
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