reply to post by spacedoubt
THANK YOU for asking that question, i have seen two threads on this subject and yours is the first reply that seems to actually care what we members
think about it, and ask us what would make it more acceptable to us. First let me explain what i don't like about the anonymous posts and then i will
tell you what would make it more palatable for me.
I personally don't like the anonymous post, it's very impersonnal, and i think it's a bad way for ats to go. Sure it may be appealing to non
members, but a lot of members don't like it, so what don't our opinions as actual members count for anything? We all have anonymity, but a user name
and avatars that make us individual, give us some kind of an identity, gives other members a sense of who we are. I haven't been here long, but i
kinda like the fact that i'm already getting a sense of what other members think like, what thier beliefs and interests are by reading what they have
posted on certain threads.
We have a sense of community here because of that. We come here knowing that for the most part there will be somebody here that agrees with us, or
understands us, people that we can gather information from. I think that the anonymous poster takes away a little bit of that sense of community from
us. Even new members like me have some kind of identity, a long time member may not know who i am, but they can see my user name, when i joined,
location, etc. With the anonymous posts it's kinda like standing around with a group of friends and a stranger walks up and with out even introducing
themselves just jumps right in with thier comments, most people don't take kindly to that.
As i stated in my post on the other thread concerning anonymous posters, i think it may make people more accepting if there was some kind of id
attached to them, even something so simple as anonymous #1, anonymous #2, anonymous # 3, etc. A way that we would know exactly which anonymous poster
we were hearing from and replying to.
Maybe they shouldn't have to wait 12 hours to post again. How can you interact with someone when you have to wait 12 hours for a reply? It doesn't
give me very much incentive to reply to, or even read an anonymous post when i know that i will have to wait in most cases until the next day to get a
We all know that members can post anonymously, even had some of them admit to doing it. I think in those cases they should let us know that in the
post, ie hey guys this is ,,,,,,,, i can't log in right now.
There should be a limit on how long someone can post anonymously. Maybe 2 months or so that gives them ample time to check out the site and see if
they want to be a member or not. If they don't want to be a member after that time then they shouldn't be allowed to post here anymore. We all
became members it's only fair that they should.
And i don't think that they should be allowed to post on a thread like this. This is a thread for members concerns and only members should be allowed
to contribute. If they want to be included in threads that address members concerns then they should have to be actual members to do so.
Maybe the owners could post two different threads, one for anonymous posters, and one against anonymous posters, and let the members have some kind of
vote on it. And actually pay attention to the results you know keep our sense of community alive and well. We kinda like to feel like our opinions as
I don't know about anyone else, but i personally feel that the sense of community at ats is one of the things that makes it such a great place to
I know that i'm not an owner, just a member, just my 2 cents.
Sorry forgot something. I don't know if they are allowed to do it now, but i don't think that anonymous posters should be allowed to flag threads,
or give stars.
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Mod Edit: Quote formatting error - full quote of post removed. Reply to function used. - Jak
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