I believe in totally free speech. Everyone has, or should have, the right to say anything they want on any topic without sanction. That includes comments on this site, no matter how bizarre or off-base they may be.
However, I also believe that right comes with an equal dose of responsibility — that one own one’s own words.
It is not OK to hide your statements behind fake names. It is not OK to pretend to be someone else when making statements. It is not OK to give phony email addresses. Only cowards and deliberate provocateurs do that.
Too often lately, commenters here have hidden their identities, clearly unwilling to be responsible for their own actions. That stops today. I have been persuaded that some people really need or prefer to use a pseudonym for their own safety (or whatever) and while I disagree with that, I will allow it. But there is no reason whatsoever to give a false email address, and I will check every new address that tries to leave a comment. Those that fail that simple test will not be posted.
If you don’t like the new rules, don’t leave a comment. Your right to do or not do is completely unharmed.