In recent correspondence with the ABC's Audience and Consumer Affair department we wrote:
I remain surprised that ABC still allows anonymous comment posting. A more responsible course of action that would not reduce the opportunity for ABC's audience to comment on articles, would be to require anyone contributing to use their real identity. Newspapers rarely allow anonymous letters to the editor and in the same way ABC should only publish comments people are prepared to stand behind.
ABC NEWS WATCH will now be instituting this policy. Anonymous comments will no longer be accepted. If you have something to say, be prepared to put your real name to it.