I like the fact that anonymous people can post here. I mainly allow it so that people can comment on my blog posts and ask for help with technical issues related to those posts, without having to jump through hoops of signing up for a site they won't ever visit again.
I also see the value of anonymity in the forums. However when people are anonymously insulting other users, there's no real recourse for that person to take since the commenter is anonymous. It's the Internet, people should have thick skins, but this most recent guy hasn't really added anything substantive to the threads he's been in, so I was thinking of dumping him.
So that's where you come in, I'd like to know your opinions on the subject, we have a few options:
Anonymous commenting, no restrictions, no verification needed (what the site has now)
Anonymous commenting, but requiring an email address be entered, which can only be seen by me
Restrict anonymity to my blog posts only
Require users be logged in
IP blocking of anonymous folks who annoy a plurality of users and add nothing to the discussion at large
Click Here to take the poll, and let me know what you think.
I'm leaning toward blocking the one user, but I'm non-committal on the subject in general.
It's your forum as much as it's mine, so I want to hear your feedback guys.