Change in Policy - Registration Required

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Since our launch in October, we have wrestled with the question of whether or not to require registration from those who comment on the site. Our goal has always been to give voice to all ideas, concerns, and discussions. We are  grateful to our thoughtful readers for not only chiming-in, but also presenting topics of their own that have led to action in our community. 

 

For a number of reasons, we are now requiring posters to register with a screen name. We hope that you will all continue to utilize the comment boards with the same frequency and we look forward to a safe and productive dialogue between all members.

 

We also hope you will continue to challenge programs and policies, ordinances, and the decisions and actions of those who lead, all to promote change that will help Metuchen grow in a spirit of community. Your passion may inspire people to become part of the solution; our town would be in trouble without its volunteers.

 

And, we hope that those who hold leadership positions in the many organizations of town will accept online discussions as a form of community participation and both respect and consider your feedback.

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Does anyone out there know why 287 South signs list METUCHEN prominently on most ultimate destinations? It seems odd to me because EDISON has at least 4 exits off of 287 and no southbound exit actually drops you off into Metuchen. How did Metuchen get the top billing? There are some that list Perth Amboy which makes perfect sense because it is the most southernmost destination in NJ before you go over the Outerbridge into Staten Island.

Readership has been going up 15-26% each week over the last few months so thanks for reading, people!

But has readership declined? Maybe just the people who would actually take the time to register under different user names for each comment have moved on. Good.

Well, Tyreen, I know several people who use different pseudonyms for each blog they post on. However, judging by the number of comments on this site since the change in policy, it would seem most people can't even be bothered to create one on line identity.

My thought with the pseudonym was that the Metuchen Matters site managers would still have some idea who the poster is (I admit to not really knowing how it all works). I used to have a pseudonym when I worked at an entertainment company in NYC - my supervisor & co-workers knew it, but I used it when I had to deal with either threatening or off-balance job applicants, etc.

I don't believe I know many people who would have the time or inclination to set up multiple accounts in order to play some game of obfuscation on Metuchen Matters (but I guess those who would could find a way around anything).

I agree Olivia, There really is no difference between anonymous posts and pseudonymous posts. You can set up different names using multiple gmail accounts. And there are numerous reasons not to post your opinion on the internet with your real name. Small town issues aside, potential employers will google you and might not like what you have to say. Unfair to be sure, but reality nonetheless.

What's the difference between putting "anonymous" or having a pseudo name? The person still doesn't put their real name down. With that being said, I agree with what Tyreen Reuter wrote, that sometimes it is uncomfortable putting a point of view out there that is not the majority view, for fear of reprisals. This is a small town with long memories!

I think this is a great idea! I had stopped reading the comments because they were becoming too negative. Great job!

Well, since you can sign up using a gmail account, and don't have to give your real name, the site owners don't really know who you are either.

I agree Pseudo's work very well as long as the site owners know who is who. I am not going to miss the rancid political commentary I recently have been reading here. Good job George and gang.

Good Job.

Great! If you don't want to put your name behind a statement, odds are it shouldn't be said to begin with.

However, I do understand that there are some times when a view is uncomfortable or unpopular (but still needs to be put out there) and someone would be nervous about it. That said - get a psuedonym for those cases!


I think it's the right thing to do. This site is wonderful, informative and a place to get not only information but the pulse of the community. There are too many Internet trolls out there and requiring a person to register will weed those individuals out because I'm sure they would never post some of those things if we knew their identity.
Thanks..

Can't wait to see what some people chose as their pen names!

Personally I think that requiring registration is a good idea. It feels that there are several (or maybe its just one person or two) that are always so unbelievably negative and.... that it would be great for these people to identify themselves. If someone has a legitimate issue they shouldn't be concerned with being registered.

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