Thursday, August 09, 2007

I hate Haloscan!

I have, occasionally, been in a position in which it was necessary for me to comment, on another blog, under a pseudonym other than Shira Salamone, in order to maintain my anonymity.

Some time ago, on another blog, someone I know in real life, commenting under his/her real name, made some unnecessarily personal remarks about someone else whom we both know in real life. In order to protect my anonymity, I signed in using a pseudonym other than Shira Salamone and suggested that the commenter go easy on the lashon hara (malacious gossip).

I would not have been able to do that if the blogger had been using Haloscan for comments. Much to my dismay, I've found that commenting under another name is impossible with Haloscan. Once you sign in one time, you're "marked" for life. No matter how many times I delete my URL, invariably, it pops right back up in the preview. Therefore, there are some blogs on which I cannot comment under another name, and, therefore, cannot participate in certain discussions.

If a blog uses Blogger for commenting, on the other hand, a commenter has three choices: he/she may use her/his Blogger identity, another identity (a pseudonym, or, in the case of many of us, a different pseudonym than the usual one), or "anonymous," (unless, of course, that particular blogger chooses not to allow anonymous comments).

Please, do us bloggers blogging under pseudonyms a favor, and don't use Haloscan for comments!

3 Comments:

Blogger Eliyahu said...

i believe that haloscan stores a cookie in IE (if that is your browser). this cookie can be manually deleted, and you will have to re-enter your info in haloscan. Tools, internet options, then click on delete temporary internet files, then click on settings, then view files. find the haloscan cookie and delete it. if i have it right, it might even work!

Fri Aug 10, 12:09:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Amen! (Though I'm never really anon.)

Fri Aug 10, 03:43:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Eliyahu, the Son-ster put my computer on Firefox.

I have to go through a major song and deletion dance just to to comment anonymously? Sigh.

Mon Aug 13, 11:53:00 AM 2007  

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