Bloggerheads: The De-Briefing (Guido and his political astro-turfers)
*Sticks head above parapet*
I agree with Tim.
*Ducks down again*
I really do urge you to read that post.
On a related note, I've been considering whether to turn on the registered users only option for comments here. I've never thought to do it before because I want to make it easy for people to express their opinions and because it didn't really occur to me that anyone would bother to astroturf here. I doubt anyone ever will but it might be worth taking steps to discourage it just in case.
The problem is, it's so easy to register blogger accounts, it really isn't much of a deterrent. Anyone determined enough to astroturf in this obscure corner of the interwebs is probably not going to be put off by that.
It would make this impossible though. I've got profile images turned on which would help to some extent but many people wouldn't notice that. And lots of people don't have an image saved anyway.
On reflection, because it would be so easy to pretend to be someone else with the current settings, I may well switch it on. Anyone who wants to comment can easily sign up for a blogger account. Any opinions?
And does anyone know if that'd affect comments already left by unregistered users on previous posts? I wouldn't really want them deleted.
I've decided to keep things as they are for now. See comments below for details.