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GUEST,Fed up Posting anonymously (184* d) RE: Posting anonymously 11 Jul 01

First, apologies for failing to put "Fed up" in the From line in my 11:48 response to Spaw.


No Name, No City explained perfectly well, from a technical standpoint, the reasons why an anonymous posting and a posting using a pseudonym are different. Pseudonyms attached to email log-ins can be captured, and used to follow a poster. One reason why I began this thread was to draw attention to how readily available and inexpensive that technology has become. I used the example of employers monitoring employees only to illustrate how pervasive the use of the technology has become just in that one sector alone.

People here do seem to have their heads in the sand about the capabilities of the technology, and about how pervasive its use is by many people, from employers, to government spy agencies, to criminals interested in exploiting your identity or gain access to your financial assets, to crazy stalking stuff.

Some people who post anonymously will avail themselves of the best technology they can buy to counter the tracking technology. Some won't. But some of us know that logging in to websites with emails just makes it easier for those trying to do the tracking. It is just another "easy" link in the trail.

And as I said, if so many people here feel so strongly about anonymous posting, the appropriate thing to do is to try and get it changed, not harrass the people who choose to use the option to express an unpopular opinion.


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