I brought this up today and was asked to bring it to the forum for a better airing of this situation. I find that when some one makes a comment as "not verified" it emboldens them to be more rude, brutal, slanderous, racist, etc. It is a privilege to be able to comment on a article or opinion piece. If we are to comment then it least have some kind of identity. It least you are vulnerable and open to criticism and praise.
There seems to be no difference and an advantage to not being revealed with the freedom to keep changing identities? I understand that there maybe some of us living in countries that freedom of expression is limited and therefore may need to be "not verified" but then NP could arrange for an exception. If you all take a look at the amount of commentary from the "not verified" it is usually slanderous, propaganda copied to endless web sites. Even when someone supports my views as a not verified it makes me a little uncomfortable.
I am also not naive to believe that even a registered participant may not be who they claim to be but at the least an effort was made to bring some kind of personality to NP.
Please share your thoughts about this topic.