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  •  maybe not the right fix, but it is a real problem (0+ / 0-)

    This is clearly a real problem -- there are hired guns infesting the internet these days, pretending to be Concerned Citizens -- though I suppose there's some room to wonder how big the problem is: it's hard to say how successful this tactic is at influencing public discourse.

    I've wondered if it might be a good approach to (1) run a discussion forum requiring real ids (2) have a terms of service agreement requiring a disclosure of financial interest.

    Since the government, in it's infinite wisdom, has decided that violating a TOS is a felony, you could conceivably really screw over some hired shills this way...

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