Do you think guys should be able to post anonymously?

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    Jan 06, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    I think this might be helpful if a guy has a problem or issue he wants to discuss or wants advice but doesn't want people to know who has posted the thread. Other websites have this facility. Do you think it's a good idea?
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    Jan 06, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    i think that it should be regulated.

    if someone wants to start a thrtead, it should be written, they choose it to be anonymous, but then it should be read by someone in admin before making it public. this would avoid having anyone post anything that could be publicly offensive. if someone is afraid their views won't be accepted, then it probably shouldn't be written down unless you have no fear of others reading it.
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    Jan 06, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    I agree...if anonymous postings are allowed, they should be reviewed first, and the thread monitored to make sure nothing...unsavory...is happening.
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    Jan 06, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    I think that's a good idea. I think it's more to do with problems that someone is embarassed about - sexual health for example.
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    Jan 06, 2008 11:15 PM GMT
    That certainly sounds valid to me.
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    Jan 06, 2008 11:17 PM GMT
    thats the thing. anonymity is comething people should be afforded. but not for comments which can be hurtful.
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    Jan 06, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    This feature already exists. It's called making a new, pictureless profile and posting anonymously with it.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 06, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    Now paradox, don't let Chucky here that.

    Are we to assume you have a picless profile alsoicon_question.gif Just jokingicon_smile.gif

    When I read this first, I thought no, it should not be allowed, but reading your replies, I think yes a regulated idea would be a good thing, for those embarrassing questions.

    I have one myself, and I know 99% of you are nice cool guys, and I know you would not make me feel embarrassed, but yet I cant seam to get the courage to post it.

    Oh well there I just f*c*ed up that, now if this happens your all going to say "that's Mike" icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 07, 2008 2:03 AM GMT
    Yes, I know what you mean. If I wanted to start a thread called "Discussion of Phlegm" I'd have to do it anonymously, because if there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that...

    No one ever wants to talk about phlegm.

    I've never understood that.
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    Jan 07, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    It's "hear", Dear, not "here."

    And, gosh, golly, fudge, you mean..Andy...all the folks on here aren't honest and "real?"

    Wimpy fucks.
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    Jan 07, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    well.. there goes this thread.
  • cowboyupnorth

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    Jan 07, 2008 4:21 AM GMT
    I also think people would ask serious questions more and maybe give first hand feedback if they could be confidential. I see some profiles are hidden what does that mean?

    I would have asked some questions with I could have been hidden but am not about to make another profile.
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:17 AM GMT
    My experience is that where posts are allowed without some effort (such as creating an account), people will post a lot of offensive things (such as homophobic comments). Moderation would definitely be required. But that puts the moderators in an awkward position if they have to decide what topics are appropriate.

    Additionally, when webmasters offer "anonymous" postings as an option to registered members, then can sometimes find themselves in ethically or legally awkward positions. What would they do if a registered user made an anonymous post which revealed that they had committed a crime, or which was libelous, etc?

    I think the way it is currently is OK-- people who seriously want to post something anonymously can create a different account. That makes the barrier to posting too high for people to just make offensive comments, while freeing the site owners from obligation to keep things secret.
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:28 AM GMT
    I'm going to take the opposite side on this one.

    There are literally hundreds of sites where people can ask questions about sexual/medical/psychological problems in confidence.

    The board, in my opinion, is about several things - not the least of which is promoting communication and understanding among gay men who are interested in or involved with health/fitness/bodybuilding/athletics. The forums are amazing - they run the gamut in terms of topics, and while many are congenial, some are very contentious.

    It seems to me that if you want to participate in the forums and be taken seriously, you should be willing to "sign" your post with not only a screen name, but a verified profile.

    My opinions are not always popular - but I'll take the heat when they are not, and if I can't make my case, maybe someone will change my mind.

    Joey
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:29 AM GMT
    I agree with tanktop. About 1 in a hundred will use it for the purpose you are proposing and we'll all guess his identity by analyzing his syntax anyway. The great majority of anonymous posters will use it to flame one another.

    I don't know of any sites that aren't heavily moderated that allow anonymous posting.

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    Jan 07, 2008 5:33 AM GMT
    I think that is a bad idea. Posting anonymously (or without a profile) removes a control on civility. It will encourage the real haters out there to feel free to unleash. I am against it.

    John
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    i guess i didnt get my thouhgts across. properly. i was thinking that only the initial startup of the thread be allowed to be anonymous.
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    obscenewish saidAbout 1 in a hundred will use it for the purpose you are proposing and we'll all guess his identity by analyzing his syntax anyway.


    Keep your hands the hell off my syntax.

    Oh, and by the way, your epidermis is showing.
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    Jan 07, 2008 6:05 AM GMT
    Paradox said it. There have to be a variety of people here with alter egos, posting without a pic.

    While I have friends here who don't feature their pic (and they have good reasons), I do like the fact that this isn't an anonymous board. People are a lot less likely to flame when we know what "Bob" looks like and lives in "Schenectedy." Of course, those things can be lies, too (and I am sure they often are) but at least the poster has enough maintenance to do on that image that it discourages flaming.
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    Jan 07, 2008 6:15 AM GMT
    "Keep your hands the hell off my syntax.
    Oh, and by the way, your epidermis is showing."


    And your African motif screams "You Tarzan,me Jane." And whoever heard of subbing a dog for Cheetah?
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    Jan 07, 2008 7:38 AM GMT
    I don't believe there should be "annonymous" and /or unidentified posters. Hopefully the posters and responders are adult enough to handle whatever is on the boards. If the thread is not of interest, don't respond. If it is an offensive or touchy topic for you, but you don't want the rest of the group to know you are sensitive on the topic, thats when you use the "send email" option on each profile for...personal communcations. Flames and spammers are always looking for ways to generate a new list to work on. I like the relatively "laisĀ·sez faire" approach of RJ site administrators. A free flow of ideas, give and take, without threats and danger is a cornerstone of "freedom of speech". icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 07, 2008 9:13 AM GMT
    I was thinking that it could be more of a "support" idea where someone could post if it was something that was bothering them not an opportunity for guys to attack each other.
  • Laurence

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    Jan 07, 2008 11:10 AM GMT
    I think it's a great idea. But only at the initial posting phase. Otherwise it would get hi-jacked by jerks who are just trying to be funny and not helping the initial poster.

    Lozx
  • GQjock

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    Jan 07, 2008 11:52 AM GMT
    I think it would be ok if someone has something personal that they want to discuss with the forum as an as needed basis...
    but I don't think that someone should have an anonymous profile
  • BlackJock79

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    Jan 07, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    I think guys should be able to post anonymously. I've seen some guys get torn to shreds for just posting the simplest of questions by guys on this site that had someone shit in their cornflakes that morning. Believe it or not, some people can get their feelings hurt by someone they have never met over the internet. They are probably weak and damn near pathetic, but even they have extremely fragile feelings that can get hurt. I've been posting for years on internet message boards so I understand that there are going to be miserable bitchy queens no matter what site you're on so it doesn't bother me at all. Post anonymously, I could give a shit. If it's something offensive I still could give a shit, because I know how to click the X at the top right corner and make it all dissappear. icon_smile.gif