A Modest Proposal

I have a question for Patch Users. Keeping the circus like atmospher on the patch during the last election cycle in mind.  Should individuals who wish to post in the speak-out section and comment on posts be required to use their real name? Do others believe as I do that by placing this condition on participation we will elevate the level of discourse?
Jewel Case December 03, 2013 at 08:17 AM
I understand where you are coming from, Bob, but I disagree with making it a "requirement" to use one's real name for posting. I do think one's comments will garner more credibility if real names are used. But that's a choice a post-er should make.
Patty Villanova December 03, 2013 at 08:17 AM
This is the first time I've been able to post or comment on the Patch in a really long time! For awhile there I thought I had been banned, so I don't know what that's about. As far as having people use their real names, it sure does change things immensely. Look at what LoHud did after they got sued- they changed their comment policy completely. Things sure got a lot more civilized!
Bob Hechler December 03, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Patty this past weekend someone used my name as a fake screen name to try and cause trouble. Maybe the patch needs to be sued in order to add some accountability. If they don't provide me with the email address that created the fake screen name they just may. It seems all of LoHud Trolls have found a new home on the patch.
Patty Villanova December 03, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I'm surprised the Patch still allows anonymous posting after the LoHud debacle. It wound up that they had to turn over the names of the anonymous bloggers to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit involving alleged libel and slander. It was a pretty big deal.
leesther brown December 03, 2013 at 11:28 PM
@Hechler...You just need to hurry up and get an Attorney,because I'm certainly looking to drag your arse to court for your slanderous,libelous post toward me...Anything I post is under myGod given tag......#puddin'
NancyV December 04, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I think that a lot of people know who I am (real first name and first initial) but the cursing and hate speech during the election campaign made me wary of using my full name on my posts. Like Bob and Patty, my Patch account seems to have been hacked and I still don't get the e-mail notifications I'm signed up for. I have always tried to fact check everything I write and would not be afraid to have my e-mail address revealed - but don't really need the agita of personal attacks from people I don't know.
leesther brown December 04, 2013 at 11:52 AM
@Nancyv..I certainly know who you are,you revealed yourself when you participated in that illegal vote down in housing..Funny when someone post the "TRUTH" you'll cry foul,but when you outright lie and obscure it's Gospel to you'll......I will contiue to call you out..#aintnothinghidthatwontcometolight..
Bob Hechler December 04, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Yes, Leesther I saw that the person using my name as a fake screen name had said some very unfortunate things about you, when you find out who it was let me know I'm pretty upset too. Everyone in Peekskill knows what a respected public figure you are, a monument to integrity and civility. To speak ill of such a selfless, soft-spoken, saintly member of our community is truly reprehensible. It is after all so seldom we find a soul as pure as yours. Ms. Tarr from The Patch informed me that the account was mysteriously deleted and would not reveal the email attached to the fake name to me. You should pursue finding out who it was.
Patty Villanova December 04, 2013 at 01:55 PM
For those of you who are interested in the issue of bloggers' anonymity, here's the case I was talking about: Ottinger vs. The Journal News Westchester Supreme Court Index #09-03892 The judge found in favor of Ottingers, stating, among other things "Anonymous speech is not absolute and does not provide a safe haven for defamatory speech." This was a very high level case that drew a lot of media attention. Hence, my surprise that the Patch isn't censoring some of the posts in its various publications.
Phill Robertson December 23, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Patty. Sounds like maybe the PV Historical Society might have set up some sort of jammer keeping u from posting.


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