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Would you post a critical comment online if you had to use your real name?

Response Percent Votes
53% 526
32% 319
Not sure
13% 134
Total 979


yoornotmee 8 years, 11 months ago

Because I voted "yes".... You all suck and your moms are ugly.

Funny, 'yes' and 'no' are both at 44% right now.

Jake Esau 8 years, 11 months ago

There's a difference between critical and insulting...

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 11 months ago

Comments posted in these forums can hardly be called "critical." Most are nonessential, if not irrelevant.

MarchSadness 8 years, 11 months ago

If any comments are deeded as critical by the LJW, J. Kealing will be quick to remove it and shut your account down.

RIP: icedoverhillon14th

Chris Ogle 8 years, 11 months ago

No way, might get in trouble. Chris Ogle

Ronda Miller 8 years, 11 months ago

consumer! and tange,

please shut up. You two drive me crazy with your distorted views on everything from abortion to politics to gay rights...and now freedom of speech. If the two of you can't get off your "low" horses and rise above hiding behind your ridiculous fabricated names, then don't bother to come on this site and expect the rest of us to interpret and respond to your nonsense.

Okay, was that critical enough while using my real name? :)

beatrice 8 years, 11 months ago

So how much of my real name would I need to use? bea

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

Yes, have done so, and will continue to do so. I am not ashamed of my opinions and as an American I have the right to state them. The caveat is that I do not expect others to agree with me or to like my opinion. That is fine.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 11 months ago

My authentic birth certificate from Hawaii has "snap_pop_no_crackle" as my name. I bought the certificate on the internet just last week.

Janet Lowther 8 years, 11 months ago

It depends on the comment.

Some of my comments which more seriously question authority would stay rolling around my head 'till steam started coming out my ears, rather than getting posted.

I believe it safe to say, I would comment less with a real name requirement.

As it is I post under my real initials & suffix.

jonas_opines 8 years, 11 months ago

The names people choose for themselves are much more revealing than the names that were chosen for them. Bob Billinger, for instance, reveals very little. But if Bob Billinger decided, say, to post under the name leftiessuxyo or notaconservatard we already know enough about them right off the bat to decide whether or not they'd be worth our time, and in what way.

Chris Ogle 8 years, 11 months ago

Ghosts.... nope, except for the real ones.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 11 months ago

Typical. Ronda rides in on her Shetland pony, wearing her name tag, to beat my dead horse.

sinverguenza 8 years, 11 months ago

Ronda is a bia bia and a horrible excuse for a life coach.

Wait... that's probably not the type of "critical" the LJW is talking about. Oh well.

;) Look, a smiley face to excuse my bia bia attitude!


Ronda Miller 8 years, 11 months ago

sin, I think that is exactly what they are talking about...let's see...question, "How does making such a statement about an unknown (to you) make you feel? Have you ever felt this way before, and if so how did it serve you?

tange, My horse is bigger and faster than your "dead" horse.

consumer!, I didn't realize you were the father of those three sons - and now I find out they were brothers as well - I dated.....(I sure hope I remembered that name correctly..:)..

puddleglum 8 years, 11 months ago

real names are for g-wads & attention-starved lunatics

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

Well, puddleglum I guess that would be me. Since your comment makes no sense to me I can't really comment on that. I am not sorry about anything that I have posted. Professor Gates did not behave like an Uncle Tom and it got him arrested. President Obama was right in what he said. No one wants to discuss racism openly and honestly.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 11 months ago

consumer!, if I remember correctly, it was your son Duhhhhhh (did I spell his name correctly) that I dated for the longest time period. He and I seemed more like minded intellectually. Your other two sons: Uncle Charley and William Crawley (who are fortunate to have been named after you - their half father) were beneath me shall we say. btw, Duhhhhhh mentioned one time that you are your own this correct?

Tange, I hope you have been able to get your dead horse to stand up by now. The flys this afternoon are atrocious! I can only imagine the maggots that could begin to hatch if you don't get your horse out of the sun.. I think it is time to name that horse of yours.

puddleglum 8 years, 11 months ago

Irish, I think we all must be racist. That must be why we struggle with the issue so much. We hate ourselves. Been fighting with each other for a couple of hundred-thousand years, right?

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

puddleglum, that does not make sense on any level. Everyone is not to blame for the actions of the racists and no "we" do not hate ourselves. I actually like myself quite a bit.

MissinLawrence 8 years, 11 months ago

Critical? Like I would die if i did not post something with my name...yeah sure...not a very well worded question. Considering my internet has been down for 2 days, 9 hours, and 27 minutes, anything is critical.

I would make my posting name my actual name, if I could figure out how the hell to do it.

headdoctor 8 years, 11 months ago

MissinLawrence (Anonymous) says… Critical? Like I would die if i did not post something with my name…yeah sure…not a very well worded question. Considering my internet has been down for 2 days, 9 hours, and 27 minutes, anything is critical.

I would make my posting name my actual name, if I could figure out how the hell to do it.

I wouldn't recommend doing it but it isn't rocket science. When you sign in click on manage your profile and then click on become verified. If you want to replace your screen name with your real name that will require a little more from the LJW staff.

Katara 8 years, 11 months ago

It would depend by what the poll taker means by "critical"...

  1. Inclined to judge severely and find fault.
  2. Characterized by careful, exact evaluation and judgment: a critical reading.
  3. Of, relating to, or characteristic of critics or criticism: critical acclaim; a critical analysis of Melville's writings.
  4. Forming or having the nature of a turning point; crucial or decisive: a critical point in the campaign. 5. a. Of or relating to a medical crisis: an illness at the critical stage. b. Being or relating to a grave physical condition especially of a patient.
  5. Indispensable; essential: a critical element of the plan; a second income that is critical to the family's well-being.
  6. Being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency: a critical shortage of food.
  7. Fraught with danger or risk; perilous.

If the LJW would be so kind as to clarify what they mean, I would be happy to answer the question.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 11 months ago

Ronda: "tange, My horse is bigger and faster than your “dead” horse."

You have four of them, don't you? ... multicolored...

number3of5 8 years, 11 months ago

As usual the comments go way off target, but they are amusing to read. I would post with my name if it was required as I am not afraid to speak my opinion on anything that I feel I am entitled to. Some times I tend to stick my nose in where it does not belong also. I seem to always be giving advice to my grandchildren, whether they ask for it or not.My grandmother was the busy body of the street she lived on in KC, my mother gave advice to just about every one she knew, so I am passing on the tradition. The comments I post here allow me to do basically the same thing. Marcella Kay Gorden (aka Makaha)

Curtis Lange 8 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely. Just because my name is or isn't shown doesn't mean my feelings about a topic change.

Don Whiteley 8 years, 11 months ago

Frankly, there are just too many left-wing and right-wing fanatical wierdos in the community. I'd love to speak my mind openly, but not at the risk of having my family, my personal property, and myself placed at risk.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

I really think people are being paranoid. Who and where are those wierdos everyone is so worried about? Makaha is a lovely name. Okay, Curtis, this one is just for you. Can you really tell a lot about a person by the kind of salsa they eat, whether it be hot or mild?

Ralph Reed 8 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I would, and I do.

I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

Sigmund 8 years, 11 months ago

I'll be happy to post under my real name when Dolph begins paying me for my work. Otherwise I have no reason to continue to provide content and help increase the LJW hits free of charge and risk outraging one of the dozens of unstable posters. some who have been banned for their hate filled threats and comments, or those in government who can use their positions to harass those who question their integrity, honesty, or intelligence.

Once I begin getting that World Company paycheck I'll be happy to resign my current position and provide some balance to Chad Lawhorn's unabashed cheer leading for more city government and higher taxes. I think I will start by seeing if Chad's series touting millions in higher sales taxes for the empTy had anything to do with the thousands of dollars they spend with the LJW in advertising.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

See? Snap and Sigmund both write something that is seriously wrong. Now I have to find a polite way to say that. Snap are you one of the Birthers? You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I happen to believe the President is an American. Sigmund empTy? Think not. I ride the bus and many times all the seats have been taken. I took a picture of the bus when it was full and put it on my blog. This is not changing your mind is it? Because you see all the buses empty all the time. Ice is gone? That is sad. True enough he wrote some fairly foul things about me. I mean the one about me in stretchy pants eating at McDonalds and then waddling over to Walmart to buy a super sized bag of cat food was a bit much. I wear jeans, don't go to fast food places, and buy 3 pound bags of cat food. Okay, so the man gets his facts skewed. I say he had the right to write that even if he was wrong. Before you berate him I ask you, how many of you laughed when you read that? Ah. Let Ice come back.

Sigmund 8 years, 11 months ago

See, Irish posts something seriously wrong and out of context ignoring my main point. The "empTy" (penalty for unnecessary quotes) isn't meant to suggest every single bus is empTy nor that no bus is ever full. It is meant to remind people that for the $2.5 million in taxpayer dollars and the $8/ride in corporate welfare we pay to MV Transportation, our tax dollars are being wasted. The "empTy" is a kind of shorthand for that reality. And yes Irish, the vast majority of buses I see have fewer than three riders and in no way is this corporate welfare justified.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

It does seem to me that the bus is either full or pretty much empty. But a lot of people depend on it to get to work at the East Lawrence complex or at Packer and a few other places. I depend on it to get to my Kreider therapy at the Aquatic Center and to my doctor whose office is next to LMH South. I live near South Park. I also need it to get to Walmart. I was talking to one of the drivers and they said that an engine went out and the bus was taken to Kansas City to have it replaced. Two days later it exploded. Perhaps a large bus during the rush hours and a small bus at other times. I do see more people riding every day.

maxcrabb 8 years, 11 months ago

What does the word critical define in this question? Critical as in a comment that is demeaning to the author of the story or another commentator, or critical as a sense of urgency?

For most stories, I avoid being critical all together by doing my standard posting routine.

Step one- Read article Step two- Read comments Step three- Type out response Step four- Sigh Step five- CTRL+A, delete

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

maxcrabb 8 years, 11 months ago

By the by... My real name IS Max Crabb.

purplesage 8 years, 11 months ago

I'm staying purplesage - a name that reminds me of the part of the West where I once enjoyed living and which was, in times past, the haunts of Zane Gray.

No problem with taking credit for my views but there is a certain freedom in expression that doesn't have to be filtered through the considerations of impact beyond this forum.

Keep it anonymous for those who want that latitude.

I was surprised at how much Marion looks like I had imagined him. I was dead on.

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