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posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 03:37 AM
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i noticed that i hadn't seen any anon posting in the new posts section for a while so i checked the anonymous board and see there hasn't been any new posts in there for 2 months now.

is there a problem with it or has interest in anonymous posting just stopped?




posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 04:36 AM
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I can't say for sure but I think the problem was the constant spam. It's a pity, because I did used to enjoy reading through it, but then I imagine that the abuse added a hell of a lot to the mods' workload.



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 05:08 AM
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The Anon board was closed because of spam and porn-linking, which I'm happy about.

An anonymous board really is a bad idea, I said it in the beginning, so like I said,
I'm glad it's closed.

If you want to contribute to ATS, than become a member, even if that means you
only make a few posts (you don't see the adds, plus you get to see the avatars and
color schemes), if someones so paranoid that they wont even join, well I can't say
I'd want them as a member anyways.



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 05:15 AM
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What is the point of an anonymous board anyway.
If you want to be anonymous either don't post or make up a name and get a free e-mail address and put false details



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 05:24 AM
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It was more anonymous than that:


Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
...our anonymous tool is more focused on allowing non-members to provide content without creating an account, enable members to share extraordinary content without revealing their account name, provide a means to announce important events, and reassure the very-paranoid with an ultra-secure IP retention system. (Only I have access to the IP', stored outside the post database, through a decryption key that is not stored on the site or database servers.)


You can read all about it here.



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 06:03 AM
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ahhh - thanks for the info folks. i know what you are saying iori_komei - wading through the spam links was a pain. i figured that would have been the reason it ground to a halt but just thought i'd ask.


Edn

posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 06:15 AM
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Well its been proven for a long time that allowing unregistered users to post is a bad idea, people just use it to spam and bots pick up on it really fast as I originally said. Im glad its been closed as it wouldn't be a waste of resources to manage.



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 07:37 AM
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It's closed? Fantastic. It was awful.



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 09:19 AM
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Originally posted by Implosion
It was more anonymous than that:


Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
...our anonymous tool is more focused on allowing non-members to provide content without creating an account, enable members to share extraordinary content without revealing their account name, provide a means to announce important events, and reassure the very-paranoid with an ultra-secure IP retention system. (Only I have access to the IP', stored outside the post database, through a decryption key that is not stored on the site or database servers.)




How about just letting the members use the anonymous board then? Is there a way that could be done? If any spamming is done, SkepticOverlord can find out which member is doing it, if necessary.

[edit on 8/9/07 by AcesInTheHole]



posted on Aug, 9 2007 @ 10:02 AM
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One thing I can personally give you all my word about is that we did try.

We really did.

It was just out of control. No signup = spammer's dream come true.

Especially on a site with as high traffic as ATS.

It was as though we painted a massive bullseye on ourselves and said "hit the target, win a free laptop"


Seriously though, it did add a lot to the workload to clean up all the garbage, and as it was an anon board there was very little the staff could do other than delete posts. We can't warn someone who hasn't signed up, or post ban them, right? So each time some genius posted spam, we had to delete it, period. Hundreds a day and you can see why there's no time to do other things.



posted on Sep, 16 2007 @ 01:05 PM
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The problem is that there are some things one cant disclose without getting into a lot of trouble. If some people knew they were untraceable, they would disclose much more stuff. How could this be solved?



posted on Sep, 16 2007 @ 04:21 PM
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reply to post by Skyfloating
 

Internet privacy does not exist. Period.



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