Friday, August 17, 2012

Anonymous Comments Now Welcome

Dear CSWA blog readers,

A major goal for this blog is for it to be as useful a resource as possible. One way we can improve its impact is by increasing the participation in the 'comments/discussion' section after each post. For example, when I read FemaleScienceProfessor, oftentimes I get as much from the reader comments as I do from the post itself. I would love for our CSWA blog to similarly benefit from all the knowledge and thoughtful ideas of our readers.

One change to the blog we thought might help is to once again allow anonymous posts. We disabled the feature because of the abundance of spam we had to reject, but we've decided to give it a new try. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible sharing your opinions, and so now you have the option to post under your own name or anonymously.

If you have other thoughts on how to increase reader interaction with the blog, please let us know.

If you have other favorite science or women in science blogs that you'd recommend we try to cross-post with (to increase visibility, impact, and readership), please let us know.

Thanks and happy reading!

1 comment :

zandperl said...

If spam ends up too onerous, I don't think that anonymity is truly necessary as long as you allow pseudonyms/autonyms. Many of my friends who are in academia use autonyms (that is, a name the person chose for him/herself, sometimes referred to as pseudonyms or persistent pseudonyms) to separate their professional persona from their personal persona. Of course, no separation is 100% fool-proof (or warrant-proof), but at least this adds an additional layer.

So in sum, I think forbidding fully anonymous but allowing pseudonyms is also an acceptable solution.