As comments get too hot, one publication tries to cool things down
Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit international digital-rights group, championed the value of online anonymity, but she also said Popular Science had made a good call.
“I do think shutting down comments entirely is a better decision than requiring names,” York said. She said requiring names would be dangerous and ineffective. Allowing anonymity protects people with valuable insight who, because of their circumstances, can contribute only anonymously, she said, and it’s hard to prevent people from using fake names.