We, the undersigned, are fed up with the abusive anonymous and pseudonymous comments allowed on your website. The name calling, personal attacks and just plain mean nature of many comments made by people who do not use their real names discourages public participation, prevents people from running for public office and deters people from standing up and speaking out. Please change your commenting policies to require real names to be used to comment and delete the mean spirited and often useless comments that are so common.
Elsewhere, she lists the following remarks made about her, personally, which she feels dissuades other committed folks from seeking out public service.
a dingbat, a scumbucket, irrelevant, a Progressive Dane thug, anti-american, idiotic, hysterical, nonsensical, perpetually offended, a blowhard, out of touch with reality, a sleezebag, useless, pathetic, crazy, etc. And I’m told to “get a life”, am accused of “using minorities”, remarks are made about me being fat, I’m asked to move to Germany or Alaska and there is a suggestion that we “Send Brenda on a one way ticket out of this country.”, told to wash my hair, my blog is called worthless, I’m asked to “move on”, there’s a comment about who is going to protect my “crazy a**”, apparently I think “the only public service that exists is to suck at the nipple of public benefits.” One person says “ha, ha” and hopes I’m reading the comments. And my personal favorite – One poster says “I would suggest we handover Brenda to the Taliban so that they can give her the Burqua treatment and make her invisible.”
I'm no fan of anonymity, but some of this message board's finest contributors have persuaded me that it's something to accommodate if only because their contributions simply wouldn't happen if they had to ID themselves. That's not so they can take shots at the poor, beleaguered politicians, but because they don't need some people in their lives knowing about their hobby.
I wonder how many of Brenda's PD associates are in that group (I know of a few). I also have to laugh out loud (literally) when I compare some of the emails I've saved in a folder called "Forum BS" to Brenda's collection up there.