With many thousands of visitors to MalariaWorld each week, we wondered why only few of you ever comment on articles, blogs, forums, etc. After all, we hope that MalariaWorld becomes a '2-way' platform, where we not only provide you with professional information on malaria, but also like to have your input, thoughts, dreams, worries, etc.
I have spoken to many MalariaWorld members over the last several months, always asking them about commenting, replying, etc. One of the responses that kept coming back was the 'exposure' issue: if you write on MalariaWorld, the whole world of malaria professionals is going to see what you wrote. That's challenging, and, some add, 'risky'.
If you reveal your name when commenting on an article, by for instance showing that the analysis of the data was not correct, the authors will not be 'amused'. Or if you ventilate your thoughts on how malaria control should be improved, those in power may feel 'challenged'. Whatever the reason, you may want to comment on things you read that would be best if you could remain anonymous (so not revealing your name).
This is possible now.
Whenever you hit the 'reply' button, you will see that directly above the 'Save' button you can click the box 'Post this comment anonymously'. After you save your comment, it will be posted as 'Submitted by Anonymized user'.
So, if you are a student and want to comment on your Professor's article on MalariaWorld, no need to be afraid anymore. Just make sure your name is not revealed.
However, please note that you need to be logged in to do this. The reason for this is that we will moderate anonymous comments to avoid use of abusive or offensive language in comments. We have been a very 'clean' platform for four years and want to keep it that way...
So go ahead, comment at will without the world knowing who you are!