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In class, we discussed blogging as a community and why it’s important to own your comment personally. Legally, you have to own your comment, especially if you’re being nasty. According to The Blog Herald’s “Anonymous Blog Posting/Commenting to Become Illegal in the United States (unless you have only nice things to say), Potentially Outlaws Comment Spam, it’s now illegal to post anything that might be considered “annoying” and do so anonymously.

I do think writers should take responsibility for their work, but in a genre where I would estimate 75% are writing anonymously anyway, this raises some questions. If you post your anonymous name and link back to your anonymous blog, isn’t this taking responsibility? Or is it?

The more I blog, the more the Golden rule seems to apply: If you don’t have anything nice to say….

We all know we can debate without nastiness, but who gets to define nasty? Is this a subversive attempt to shut down all commenting or just spam? I worry.


  1. This is sobering and frightening at the same time.

    As we discussed in class, how does one define “annoying?” “Harassing” is perhaps more easily defined, but still…

  2. How do you incorporate a link into a comment? Can you do it smoothly like in writing a blog? Or can you only drop a link someone must copy and paste? Thanks!

  3. Ginsprich,

    W3schools and links
    provides an excellent example.

    I can’t show the code here, because it will just convert it into a link. If it isn’t clear at W3 schools, email me and let me know. I would copy and paste the example on the html side, and keep it for when you need it. Then all you have to do is substitute your information.

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