Andy Bryan had a particularly nasty string of comments recently and is thinking about how to respond:
So, what do you think? Should bloggers respond to anonymous or name-only comments? Or should bloggers limit the back-and-forth commenting to either people we know or who have a blog of their own?
I don't think that we should limit our conversation to other bloggers. That only limits the medium and discourages people from blogging themselves. But I don't respond to anonymous comments because I think that we should all be held accountable for our words. This doesn't necessarily mean requiring comment registration, but I do want to see a name in name field of a comment, such as those of frequent commentors Keith Taylor, Tom Ream, or Dark Gable.