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Comment author: taryneast 30 December 2010 12:23:18PM *  0 points [-]

Also why the fuck is my email address required? Why do weblogs do that...

To reduce the number of fake accounts (and therefore trolling and spam).

Anonymous posting (ie without a verified email address) is allowed - but can be moderated separately - and more stringently than non-anonymous accounts.

Also, if you only have one email address and set up an account and then proceed to flame/troll-bait the blog, your account (and therefore email address) can be blocked... and you will no longer be welcome to post except by going through the anonymous channel (which, as I mentioned before, will be more stringently checked).

In a perfect world ie one that did not contain trolls or flamers... such as once existed on ye ancient olde usenet (honest, there was a time when it wasn't full of trolls!) such tactics were not required...

Comment author: wedrifid 30 December 2010 12:31:38PM *  0 points [-]

To reduce the number of fake accounts (and therefore trolling and spam).

Accounts were not even required on OvercomingBias. From original post:

But for purposes of overcoming bias, let us draw two morals:

This is one of the threads that were imported to lesswrong. (Perhaps we do not need to respond to trollish questions that were posted over 2 years ago. :P)

Comment author: taryneast 30 December 2010 12:33:55PM 0 points [-]

Maybe so, but the reason would have been similar... and 2008 isn't so olde-dayes ago that accounts were unheard of on blogs. It's only 2 years. My blog required accounts-for-posting back then ;)

Comment author: wedrifid 30 December 2010 12:47:25PM 0 points [-]

Maybe so, but the reason would have been similar...

You didn't need an account. You didn't need to verify anything. arglebargle@floodlebock.com would have worked.