Last Sunday’s Conversation about The Sacramento Bee’s launch of a new online commenting system asked the question: How important is civility to you when entering online discussions about news and issues?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Using names aids online civility
Re “We’re inviting online civility” (Forum, Joyce Terhaar, Nov. 24): The horrible online posts to The Sacramento Bee reached the point where they had to cut them off. I was amazed with the backlash The Bee received upon doing so.
I disagree with those who whined that they have a right to remain anonymous, lest they receive backlash from the community. Where did we come to feel we “deserve” to be vile and mean, sign off anonymously and expect it to be published? What benefit have we achieved having read any of these comments?
Yes, you can say what you want, but The Bee, as a private business, does not have to publish your thoughts without guidelines of their choosing. If your thoughts are true to your heart, you should have no problem attaching your name to them.