Montana Standard 'Outing' Pseudonymous Commenters

Butte, Montana newspaper the "Montana Standard" plans to retroactively display the "real" names of commenters who previously commented anonymously or under pseudonyms (archived). Commenters have until December 26th to opt out by contacting the paper to have their comments removed. "Real Name" comment policies are something of a fad in old media circles, with the idea being tying comments to the author's real name would encourage a higher standard of discussion as though spammers, idiots, and social engineers don't already have or can't create "real" enough names already.

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