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Monday, July 23, 2007

Trash talk torpedoes Cranford's online bulletin board




Screenshot of Cranford Talk's front page.

As I prepared to post about the changes to the 'Comments' function on Plainfield Today, I learned from CountyWatchers that Mark Dingelstedt's nearly 10-year-old Cranford Talk bulletin board is being shut down.

The reason?

Anonymous rudeness has hijacked what was once sort of a community water-cooler.

One of the sad downsides of allowing anonymous posting (which is what I allow on PT), is that you get a certain amount of people who use the anonymity to make personal attacks, spread false information and rant in ways they wouldn't if their identity were known. Naughty words turn out to be the least of it.

This is progress?

-- Dan Damon

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