UPDATE: After considerable conversation with readers who blog, I have decided to reverse this decision and allow the blogs to continue as they have. I asked for reader feedback and you gave me some good, valid reasons for not changing the current system. Thank you for the feedback.
Beginning Dec. 15, bloggers on Capitol Hill Blue will be required to use their real names and will also be required to provide background information for readers. In recent weeks, we have had too many problems with bloggers using this web site to promote products, conspiracy theories or agendas that have promoted racism, hate or anti-Semitism. I’ve had to delete more than 30 blog postings in the past two weeks and have suspended 11 users from blogging and commenting privileges.
The theme of the administration of the incoming President elect is "transparency." Our readers deserve nothing less. Those who wish to blog here must change their user names to their real name and also provide a brief background paragraph that provides readers with information about them. You can do this by clicking on "My Account" after logging in. I suggest you study these paragraphs about our columnists and use them as an example:
Hal Brown is a clinical social worker and former mental health center director who is mostly retired from his private psychotherapy practice. He writes on the psychopathology of public figures and other topics that pique his interest. He can be found online at www.stressline.com
Phil Hoskins is a Hollywood attorney and activist who founded Take Back West Hollywood.
Robert Kezelis is a lawyer, sculptor and writing curmudgeon based south of Chicago.
Because of an increase in spam comments, we are also considering changes in our commenting system. Most likely, we will either go to a moderation system (such as the one used by sites like The Huffington Post) or also require those who post comments to do so under their actual names.
We welcome any input you have on both of these issues.