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Sean Cummins wrote a pretty serious piece regarding anonymous comments on the internet. Here at Pigs Don't Fly I'm a fan of the anonymous commenter. I mean, I've received everything from abuse to death threats, and just last week in a very witty comment I was called a "homo". Yet I still allow anonymous commenting. I do it because complete anonymity is a rare thing and it's one of the interesting unique features of the interwebs. Of course this has it's problems, but let's not forget the anonymous produce some of the most creative stuff on the internet (and not to mention LOLcats). They also do some pretty impressive stuff offline. Sure, some anonymous comments are shit. But you have to take them for what they are. By allowing people to comment anonymously, they're more likely to do so and more likely to express an honest point of view. Sometimes this comes at the cost of your ego or confidence, but they're certainly not going anywhere. (In before anyone, yes I'm expecting a lot of "homo" comments on this post.)...

Okay, the last of my #firstworldrants. For a while.If someone writes a post about you or flames you in a comment, don't reply. Don't add fuel to the fire in an attempt to explain yourself or start an argument.It's like playing in a game of women's hockey. You might win, but at the end of the day you're not really a winner, are you?It doesn't look good.If you can't post your response in a witty comment that is no more than two sentences, don't do it. Write a response on your own blog sure, but don't be a woman who plays hockey for anything more than fun....

For fuck's sake, stop commenting under a fake name.I don't mean here. You can be anonymous all you like here.I mean on trade press websites. If you're from the agency or the client the article is about, the general rule should be not to comment. And if you do, do it under your real name with a link back to your blog/twitter account/email address.Even if for no other reason than the fact most of these blogs track IP addresses on comments. And you look like a jerk face when you get caught. #firstworldrants...

Just a quick ramble about something that has been annoying me lately. A track back, especially a tweet, is not a comment. It's beyond frustrating when you click on a blogpost that has 20+ comments, yet really it only has two, the rest are retweets of the author on Twitter. Don't do it, it's annoying and deceptive. If you're a blogger with that setting currently turned on, please turn it off. Thank you....

Sorry to beat a dead horse here guys, but let's have a quick chat about posting anonymously.I honestly don't mind if you do it. I'd prefer if you attached a link to somewhere I could contact you, and if not then even just a name, but I understand some of you just want to post anonymously for the sake of it. I'm sure you've realised by now I actually relish abusive comments. And that's okay, if posting anonymously let's lets you say something you wouldn't normally say otherwise then go nuts.But please, don't give me personal branding advice if you're going to do it anonymously. That is where I draw the line....

  Every six months or so somebody says something about Seth Godin's blog and the inability to comment. Laurel Papworth is the provoker this time with a very interesting post and an even more interesting discussion in the comments. Hilarious video content with poor acting aside, Seth explains his reasoning...