I just noticed this today, and I had to do a double- take. Nature Networks is allowing a blogger it blog under a pseudonym. You can see what I’m talking about here. Grrlscientist, who also writes pseudonymously over at Scienceblogs- now has a second pseudonymously written blog at Nature Network.
Two blogs is 2x the fun, so more power to her- but I’m just puzzled by one teeny tiny little thing. NATURE NETWORKS?! Those folks have a policy of not allowing anonymous or pseudonymous comments- you have to register and log in over there to comment. Uh huh- here is their policy verbatim:
Be honest in representing yourself and your views. Use your real and full name when creating a profile and posting comments.
Ya know- that would be enough, I suppose, but there has been incredibly heated conversation in the comment section of some NN blog posts about the undesirability and dangers of allowing commenting under anything other than real names. Some of the most strident and forceful arguments in favor of making everyone use their real name have come from a selection of Nature Network bloggers themselves.
In my view I think it’s appropriate for NN to ask people to register before they leave comments. Given the general standard of comments on Science Blogs, or lack of it, pre-registration could act to weed out potential trolls, as well as draw attention to our community guidelines – and, people, guidelines are necessary. Even those who proclaim loudly that guidelines represent the imposition of a white male patriarchy find themselves having to use them (do I smell hypocristy?). If you only want to weight comments by quantity, then by all means pile ’em high – but you’ll sell ’em cheap. Here at NN we go for quality. I like to think that NN is like ScienceBlogs, only for grownups …
So let me get this straight- you can blog under a pseudonym at NN, but they won’t allow commenting that way?
Ummmm. Hypocrisy indeed.