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


You seem to have missed the point again. The issue to many posters wishing to be completely anonymous, is they want the right to post *without* a pseudonym.

Because posting only as GUEST enrages a certain percentage of the users here doesn't mean they have the *right* morally, or from what I can ascertain from the faq, to intimidate and harrass people for doing it. No one should be forced to use a pseudonym to log-on and participate, IMO.

My opinion is different from some, as is clear from this thread and the GUESTS thread.

I suggested a short addition to the faq could clarify this issue for all. I still believe it would be in the best long term intersts of the forum itself, to clarify this for both guests and members, both of whom are engaging in ridiculous flaming of anonymous posters for no legitimate reason.

And I say legitimate because, as long as anonymous posting *is* allowed, then I think the site owners and administrators have a duty and responsiblity to their users, to see that anonymous posters who contribute are treated as fairly as those who use an identity, whether that identity be their real name, or a pseudonym.

I started to use the From line to defuse the argument of the people who were focusing on me, instead of the points I was trying to make.

I did that because, while the right of posting with complete anonymity was not one I chose to exercise in this instance, I wanted to defend my and your and everyone else's right to do it. Here in Mudcat, and in every other forum on the Internet where people choose to express points of view anonymously.

If I don't stand up for that right for others when they need it, it won't be there when I need it.

This is about more than just Mudcat to me. I accept it might not be to others. We should be able to respectfully agree to disagree without mocking, insulting, intimidating, harrassing, name-calling, flaming, etc.

It has been my personal experience here in Mudcat--which has only been limited to following these threads since last week, that there is more of a problem with Mudcat members trolling and flaming, than there are guest users. That is my perspective as a newcomer--an outsider.

Others mileage may vary.


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