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August 25, 2011

Comments: NetID vs. Semi-Anonymous

With comment policy design in mind, I’m focusing on how we can tell the difference between NetID-authenticated and semi-anonymous user commenting.

I’ve implemented (with some CSS help from Lutters) a slight hack in this theme that will display a “UW NetID” logo next to a comment posted by a user who is authenticated. A good example of this can be found on this post (scroll down to the comments). This allows readers to quickly figure out if the comment is posted by someone choosing to use their UW-authentication (and thus providing some measure of confirming their identity), or by someone choosing to go semi-anonymous and fill in their own name and email address.

If this sounds like a good idea (and I really think it is), I’ll work to do something similar with the main UW theme.