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Should slashdot do away with Anonymous Cowards?

Em Emalb (452530) writes | more than 8 years ago

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A) Yes

B) No

C) yes, but make it where people can still post somewhat anonymously.

A) Yes

B) No

C) yes, but make it where people can still post somewhat anonymously.

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Choice d (1)

AntiFreeze (31247) | more than 8 years ago | (#15359502)

This is a much better option.

Replace Anonymous Coward with Androgynous Coward.

Then we'll see who has the guts to post anonymously.

It's like an "all of the above option" but so much more! And it'll work, just you wait and see!

Choice e (1)

Talinom (243100) | more than 8 years ago | (#15359615)

A person must have an account to post. If, after suffient posting and they have good karma allow them 5 AC posts per week or month. Sorta like mod points, except not as random.

Connect the post to the person in a way that if their AC posts are trolls too often they are limited in the amount of AC posting they can do.

Re:Choice e (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#15359899)

I like this idea, best. Earn your right to post AC!

Re:Choice e (1)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 8 years ago | (#15362285)

This option seems good.

But then sometimes there are some ACs who are real retards.

Blah.

But if you have an account connected with it it really isn't anonymous anyway.

Probably best to just create a second account for "anonymous" postings or something.

But maybe your option should go first. If that doesn't work, get rid of ACs entirely.

Yeah! (1)

Morosoph (693565) | more than 8 years ago | (#15364803)

How about: every AC post costs one point of real karma? Mods affect your karma as real posts do, so insightful AC posts will "pay for themselves", and trolls will cost an extra point.

Logged in AC starts at +1 mod points; logged out at +0, but should really be anonymous (no IP records kept, so poster really cannot be traced. Consider whistleblowers etc). Truly anonymous posts disabled by default for Journals (subscribers can enable)...

E) (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 8 years ago | (#15359636)

Everyone should post under Ethelred's name.

Cheers,

Ethelred

A (anti-lameness-filter crud goes here) (1)

ncc74656 (45571) | more than 8 years ago | (#15359703)

If you're not willing to put your name to what you say, why should I pay it any attention? Allowing anonymous posting all too often leads to chickensh*ts engaging in drive-by personal attacks that coarsen the tone of discourse.

Re:A (anti-lameness-filter crud goes here) (1)

loucura! (247834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15360369)

Oh yeah? Your mom! ;)

Don'cha mean... (1)

Morosoph (693565) | more than 8 years ago | (#15365969)

Yo Momma! [webabout.com]

B) (1)

eglamkowski (631706) | more than 8 years ago | (#15360248)

Absolutely not. As much as people dislike AC, it does have a legitimate and valuable purpose. That it doesn't always (or even usually) get used in a legitimate or valuable manner doesn't mean it doesn't have such uses. But when you truly need it, you REALLY need it.

Troll Accounts (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 8 years ago | (#15360253)

If you do away with the AC option, then most people will simply obtain disposable acocunts. You won't know on the face of it whether or not the account is legit or just an AC cover.

Let them stay AC and keep it easy to filter them out.

No (1)

sulli (195030) | more than 8 years ago | (#15360598)

Arrgh. I don't see why this is even up to debate. If you don't like the AC you can mark all anonymous posts -5 in your profile and never see them ever ever ever again, EVAR.

Re:No (2, Insightful)

enigma48 (143560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15364078)

I wanted to say this but couldn't say it nearly so concisely.

Why?

* If I'm away from home and don't have my password, it lets me post something without jumping through hoops. If what I post sucks, it'll be ignored or -1'ed and never seen anyway.

* If I'm going to say something nasty about a situation but could get burned for it, I'm slightly more protected by posting anon. If what I say is obviously wrong, it'll get -1 and never be seen.

* If the 'organized' slashdot groups want to put some crap up and have their members mod that up, the number of impartial mods is far larger and will STILL smack them down. Anon or not is irrelevant.

If you've got the time to read at anything below +2, you definitely have enough time to look around your profile settings to customize what you want/don't want to see. If you haven't yet, explore - ./ puts new settings in there every now and then, it's worth looking around.

There won't be a huge change if ./ actually considered banning them but I would have missed a few exceptional 'Hey, I work at that company and here are more details..' anon posts that may or may not have been true.

I like having the choice to decide rather than have some other group with their own interests decide for me.

B) No (1)

Tet (2721) | more than 8 years ago | (#15362282)

People will always want to post anonymously. If you don't let them do it legitimately, they'll just create throwaway accounts to let them do it anyway.
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