At what point did I say it should be banned? Please quote the statement. I'm absolutely fine with it as I said, I just said I understand why a public organization decided to end the anonymous commentary. What I didn't agree with was going back and unmasking the past anonymous comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I'm just saying it's more effective if articulated appropriately. My examples you're so delightfully taking out of context because you're even more anonymous than I am were the real examples as to why the paper is ending anonymous commentary.
A small town newspaper, those comments are being made by your immediate neighbors. They apparently don't want you to know that *THEY* really think of you, but they *REALLY* want you to know it.
Outing the past anonymous commenters is just tabloid tactics. It's like having private information and sharing it with the world because they can. If they want their neighbors behaving with civility, fine, set the old comments on fire and go forth with your decisions. Like I said, nothing is forcing people from commenting - go else where if you want them to be anonymous. Requiring an identity is their attempt at maintaining civility.