After last week’s rant on comments, I decided to channel my distaste constructively by taking on a comments-related assignment for the social roles class. I wrote a letter to my imaginary students designed to get them started on crafting a comments policy for their new website and Facebook page.

An e-mail this morning from The Poynter Institute about the latest Romenesko tidbits sent me to The Indianapolis Star, which is facing a judge’s order to reveal the identity of those who commented anonymously about a former CEO of a nonprofit organization.

Whoa, Nellie. Along with all the other issues related to online comments, now we might have to worry about shield law implications?

Now I’m even more in favor of requiring registration for comments.