Personal criticism obligates commenters to identify themselves...
(Tim) David and I have often said we do not think anonymity is good, particularly on the Internet. We don't require registration before posting comments, nor do we moderate them, but we do require comments that are critical and get pointed and personal to be signed with a real first and last name. Our enforcement of this is spotty, but sooner or later we get around to it.
This weekend, we lost a longtime Baylyblog commenter because of this policy. After this commenter had engaged in many personal exchanges with Darryl Hart, and several individuals had requested that this commenter identify himself, we wrote him privately asking ourselves that he identify himself. The commenter declined. We're sorry to lose him from the discussion, but it should be noted Darryl Hart has identified himself from the very beginning. We are grateful and respect him for it.
In time, we're hopeful our veteran commenter will be back. But if he comes, he'll have to come bearing gifts of his first and last name. Until then, we'll all (everyone but Darryl, that is) miss him.