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Every problem must have a government solution
Posted by: McQ on Monday, March 10, 2008

This lawmaker offers one to curb "online bullying".
Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.

The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site.

Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.

If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.
"You're kidding, right"? - Anon.

Of course enforcing it would be some level of fun, eh (and it would only apply to sites in KY)? But more importantly, this is none of the government's business - any government's business - something I find myself saying more and more lately.

Between the food and obesity police, attempts to take over health care and intrude in just about every other aspect of my life, I'm fed up.

Sometimes people just have to learn to take care of themselves, and, when they find themselves in situations they don't like, such as one which may involve "online bullying" they need to either gather the wherewithal to combat it themselves or find something else to do.

Additionally, who gets to decide what constitutes "bullying"? And, are there ever good reasons for someone to post online anonymously?

Seems like a free speech issue to me - I wonder if that ever crossed his mind before he introduced this bill?

As you get into "ideas" like this, they become sillier and sillier. Yet here is a legislator, a Republican legislator, claiming it is government's job to monitor websites for anonymous postings and then fine web site owners who allow them.

But the bigger issue is the plethora of these sorts of proposed laws now being introduced, not just by legislators on the big-government left, but by legislators on the supposed small-government right. When did the right begin buying so heavily into the nanny-state thinking which has mostly been promulgated, until lately, by the left?

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Is there a bill to stop 15 yr olds on Xbox Live from telling me that they "pwn3d my n00b a**" in various games? I really hate that!
 
Written By: shark
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That wouldn’t happen if you had l337 skills Shark.

You know, someone needs to see if the bill’s sponser has an account where kids keep getting into his base and killing his dudes.
 
Written By: looker
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Maybe the state would set up a website where you could anonymously report the offending web site owners.
 
Written By: Mac
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"All your pseudonyms are belong to us!"
 
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But what will Rick Ellensberg, Thomas Ellers, and Ellison do???

http://patterico.com/2006/07/27/annotated-wuzzadem-the-facts-behind-the-greenwald-sock-puppetry/
 
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