I've been considering requiring all comments on the PFRE blog include a website URL. This inclination has evolved over many years. The fundamental issue for me is anonymous commenting. Currently when leaving a comment you must supply a email address but other readers can't see that e-mail address, only I can see it. Comments by people that supply a URL on their comment allow any reader to just click on the name and it takes you to the commenters website. The current PFRE WordPress theme doesn't have a way to force commenters to enter a website URL. Here are some of the reasons I don't appreciate anonymous commenting:
Given all this, I've asked Cristi, my WordPress mechanic to look into modifying the PFRE blog so that anyone commenting must supply a website URL on the comment. Cristi says, "it's easy to do." But I'd like to get more user feedback before I have Cristi implement this feature.
Yes, I know there are some that won't comment if they can't be anonymous. But, I can live with that. I think that conversations here on PFRE will be much more valuable if people aren't anonymous. Currently, about 75% of commenters put a website URL on their comments. Many of the commenters that don't fill-in the URL have a website because I can see it on their email domains.
I'd like to hear reader arguments for and against requiring a URL on comments. Even if you don't have an argument please take the poll below. I'm not promising to follow your advice, I just want to understand readers point of view.
Update 4/5/2015: Thanks to everyone for all the input on this issue. I appreciate it! A lot of good discussion. I've decided to go ahead and have Cristi implement the feature to require a URL on comments. I'll do a post explaining the feature more when I turn it on. Don't know exactly when that will be. It's up to Cristi's schedule. I'll also give a list of ways that anyone can easily create their own site if they don't have one.