A troll by any other name…

by Carl Natale on March 1, 2014

photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

First, commenters who are jerks are jerks in real life:

According to a new study published by University of Manitoba researchers, Internet trolls – people who commonly lurk on message boards and post offensive material to get a rise out of people – exhibit anti-social behaviour in their offline settings as well.

via Internet trolls are jerks in real life too – Features | The Star Online.

Second, when they’re being jerks in real life they’re using their real names.

So what makes you think that requiring real identities will clean up reader comments?

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