The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #116135   Message #2491694
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
12-Nov-08 - 09:49 AM
Thread Name: From Max: Mudcat Update
Subject: RE: From Max: Mudcat Update
I'm sure it's reasonable (and probably a technical necessity) to restrict the personal profile pages to members only, but as long as there is a policy of allowing non-members to post, while also not discouraging aliases, the 'shadow-boxing' mentality which runs through Mudcat like a chill banshee is likely to thrive.

If we all cast our minds back to those early days when we didn't know who (or what) anyone else was, I'm sure we'll all remember the confusion, tinged perhaps with a little fear that surrounded our early posting.

Personally I'm convinced that these twin but inherently contradictory policies - well-meaning though they are, and for all the excellent arguments behind them - are a major root cause the unpleasantness that so quickly turns good discussions bad.

If guests could read who everyone else is, they might feel more like joining. I certainly would (though I'd want more pro-active policing of bullying, deliberate misquoting for effect, and bad manners too).