Originally Posted by boatman61
Speaking as one of the more 'In your Face' posters.. and amongst the most often active (21,312) on here when not at sea.. I'm not sure real names would make that much of a difference..
This may be true in your case Boatie (probably is
), but it is a well-researched area of psychology. Anti-social behaviour expands in areas where identities are hidden and where there are few social costs to bad behaviour. The research
into online communities is quite clear, and is why many “social media” sites and public commenting areas have gone to a real-name policy.
This doesn’t erase the problem, or suddenly turn all crotchety old seamen into angel-tongued saints
. But it has been shown to reduce the level of vitriol.
Of course, the downside is that it can dissuade some people from participating, which is a problem for places like CF that rely on a constant flow of new contributions from users.
As for the whole “like” thing, as I said, the only benefit I see to it is that it allows people to voice their agreement on a post without the need for redundant “Me Too” repetition. It’s a quick, easy way of supporting a point without having to re-state it. I think it’s a useful tool, but certainly not necessary, and doesn’t change the civility of the space.