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Online Anonymity with the Founder of 4chan (TED Talk)


His talk is about 4chan, the anonymous message board that generates a great deal of Internet memes, such as LOLcatz. He makes the point that the anonymous nature of the product has seemed to have played a major role in its success.

But he warns that when real identity is no longer used, something is lost.

We’ve been discussing at Onward State for a while how we wanted to handle comments. We saw the Nieman post about Gawker’s success switching to a more restrictive commenting system– one that is moderated arbitrarily for quality of comment. I don’t think that’s the way to go. However, I believe that there might be value in requiring a user to sign-in before leaving a comment. My goal is a commenting system with the Huffington Post’s game dynamics (I love the idea of awarding badges) with a community like some of the Internet’s better blogs (I’m thinking more of the clusterflock type).

BTW, I’m looking forward to the image board moot is developing.



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The past, present, and future of making the WordPress Editor work for editors

Presented originally in 2017 at WordCamp Baltimore and adapted for this weekend’s WordCamp Lancaster.


The people you meet at WordCamp

Last weekend I presented at WordCamp Lancaster and had a great time. When I did this last time, I wrote about driving route 30 (the historic Lincoln Highway), but this year I wanted to spotlight a few other attendees, as it’s the people that make WordCamp worth attending. And really, it’s the people that make WordPress and other open source communities so special.


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