Blogs » J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria » Sign here or sign out??? and Tolerance


Yesterday's blog post has received, from my opinion, the most constructive conversation compared to any of my blogs. If you read through the comments, it seems many have opened up quite honestly. It is easy to see that many of the people commenting, many of which come from so many different backgrounds, are struggling with the same issue.

Spyderandfly and KyleC offered similar sentiments that I think should be the starting point if you choose to remain anonymous, I will use the quote from Spyderandfly, here he paraphrased a Spider Man quote (how he knew I am a collector of quotes is beyond me :)) "with great 'anonymity' comes great responsibility." Taken from the original quote: "Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-man," the winged-eight legged commentator encourages anonymous posters to remember that with being anonymous, there is a responsibility as KyleC mentioned "in the areas of integrity and respect." Thanks for these thoughtful comments. I deem this "The Sypderandfly KyleC Principle of Anonymous Commenting" ok, SKPAC for short.

Some mentioned that they fear retaliation for a comment. The retaliation can take the form of affecting a private business, family, perhaps civic office, etc. This is a reasonable response as well, which will lead me to my follow-up conversation regarding tolerance. Is Victoria not ready for this type of openness among its citizens in the public square? From what I have read from BSspotter and Lampost, two people that often share opposing views, physical harm for family or self is a near threat or has been threatened already. These are serious concerns. Superjeighty also mentioned that she may be harmed for voicing her concerns for different reasons. This is another serious issue.

For those that choose to remain anonymous, I did mention that this is a personal decision and would not recommend making it mandatory. In a sense, I appeal to the heart, only you can decide if your potential comment is remaining in the guidelines of "integrity and respect" or SKPAC; I know that many already practice this or try to do so and I appreciate it.

I am going to post in the future my thoughts regarding online personas that anonymous posters have created for themselves through their consistency on issues and regular contributions. It is a work in progress upstairs.

I also thank those that use their real names, it is difficult at times to do so. I can appreciate your decision and think you show a good example.

Now tolerance. In fact, I think I will wait til Monday for this discussion on tolerance. Come back tomorrow for my Swift Notes Friday, I promise it will not be such a heavy discussion!