B – Yours anonymously

Grozier, Jim. Yours anonymously. Physics World 2009;22(2):20

Letter commending Physics World for including an edited selection of comments that originally appeared on its website physicsworld.com but regretting that the website allows the use of pseudonyms since anonymity brings out the worst in people. This is not allowed for Letters to the Editor, so why does a different rule apply to online comments? This is followed by an “Editor’s note” that points out that this is a convention of most websites and to ask for full names & addresses could discourage people from entering a debate. They are retained in the published comments so readers can easily go back and read the original comments in full.

Thanks to John Glen