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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:41 AM

People using pseudonyms post the highest-quality comments, Disqus says

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/159078/people-using-pseudonyms-post-the-most-highest-quality-comments-disqus-says/

People using pseudonyms post the highest-quality comments, Disqus says

by Jeff Sonderman
Published Jan. 11, 2012

One of the most popular commenting services for news websites and blogs says its data shows that commenters using pseudonyms are “the most important contributors to online communities.”

The service gives each user the option of commenting with a Disqus account, a social media identity or anonymously. It says 61 percent of commenters use pseudonyms, 35 percent choose to be anonymous and 4 percent use their “real identity” verified by Facebook. It also says those with pseudonyms post the best comments, while anonymous comments are lower quality. One theory: People don’t mind being accountable online, but they don’t want it to blow back on their work or personal lives by using a real identity. A pseudonym protects them while providing a measure of accountability.

Disqus releases these results as it faces competitive pressure from Facebook’s own comments plugin that many news sites have been using to verify identity, drive social referrals and raise the level of discourse.



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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:46 AM

1. Anonymous commenters are the worst, as well

Most of the vicious comments are made anonymously as well. Note the comments on that post that call out Poynter for printing a Disqus "press release" while it's losing so many sites to Facebook.

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:34 PM

2. Sure thing,....."splat"....

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