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posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:08 PM
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Just curious---are members not allowed to post anonymously? I just tried to reply to a thread anon, but it said I was a member and to log back in and then post.

Has this always been the case? For the first time, I'd like to reply to a thread anonymously, but am not able to.




posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:12 PM
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Why would you want to post anonymously if you are a member?



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:16 PM
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Because there may be the rare occasion when I don't wish to reveal my political or religious affiliations.

Or perhaps a member has an experience of some kind and is afraid to post for the flack he/she will receive.

[edit on 16-10-2008 by Clark W. Griswold]



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:22 PM
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And why would that be?
I'm not having a go at you but it's not like we know who "you" are. You are using a username so in essence you are already posting anonymously.
All members create their own id and history on ATS, usually members who try to post anonymously are doing so to bait and flame.
I'm not saying that is what you are trying to do, I'm just telling you why the measure is in place.
Pus if you post anonymously, it could take hours or sometimes days for your post to show up. The mods have enough to deal with already to cope with anonymous posts from a member who is tying to hide his already hidden identity.
Make sense?



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:25 PM
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posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:29 PM
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I am a member and have no problem posting this, but who am I?



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:32 PM
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Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
I am a member and have no problem posting this, but who am I?


Yup, I tested it too and had no problem.

Who are you? I'm bored, it might take me about 5 minutes to figure out. Want me to give it a try?



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:33 PM
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You are a member who is either logging in from a different location or are using a proxy.

edit: Intrepid, are you talking to yourself?






[edit on 10/16/2008 by schrodingers dog]



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:35 PM
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This is what I have experienced......during rare revert-to-blonde moments when I have forgotten to log in and tried to post on a thread. It use to be that when I did that on a computer that I had used on ATS before, it would tell me that the IP address was associated with an existing account.

Now (since I just tested it), it isn't doing with on the computer I am on now. It actually took it as "anonymous".

So, Mods, if you come across a post from Anonymous that is 5 lines of "test" in my Some questions.... thread, don't post it. It was only a test!!



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:36 PM
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This is the error I get:

ERROR: Your IP address of xx.xxx.xxx.xxx is on record as having an account on ATS. Please log-in to post.
board home



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:38 PM
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Yep...that's the one I get on my PC at work and on my PC at home. But, I didn't get it on the laptop I am using now and have been using for several months now.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:40 PM
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Who are you? I'm bored, it might take me about 5 minutes to figure out. Want me to give it a try?


I think that might be in breach of your super powers? And if not it seems unethical.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:40 PM
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Sure. I had to use a proxy for this though, otherwise I'd have to wait 12 hours. But just for fun, feel free to find me from my last post.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:48 PM
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Originally posted by N.B.A.Y.S.O.H
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Who are you? I'm bored, it might take me about 5 minutes to figure out. Want me to give it a try?


I think that might be in breach of your super powers? And if not it seems unethical.


I guess you are smiley challenged. Did you miss the
. Joke dude. Lighten up.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:51 PM
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*Testing anonymous post.

-AshleyD.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:54 PM
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I just tried it and it worked for me. First time I ever tried- but I have seen others say what you experience. Not sure why it works for some but not for all.

In your defense, I do understand the desire of some members wanting to keep their beliefs private on occasion. It can be pretty intense around here sometimes and some people with outspoken viewpoints on certain ideologies can be hated just for what they believe. So I do understand. You're probably smarter than someone like me who wears it on their sleeve. Good luck and sorry that didn't work for you.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:59 PM
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Well it was me, without a proxy or different location. I tried to reply to intrepid
but couldn't anonymously for 12 hours, so I guess it knows my ip. I think that was actually the first anonymous post I've made but how come you other people can't post anonymously?

[edit on 16-10-2008 by Xeros]



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 12:39 AM
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We at ID allow anonymous posting, but at ID, you MUST be a member and logged in.

It is rarely used, but is a benefit to our members only.

Why you ask?
1 - Because there may be times where a member wishes to post their thoughts without being identified.
2 - Because we dont allow guests to post at all.
3 - Because our staff assures our members anonymous posts remain anonymous, but assures they wont be used for spam or other illicit reasons also.



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 02:06 AM
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Originally posted by Clark W. Griswold
Because there may be the rare occasion when I don't wish to reveal my political or religious affiliations.

Or perhaps a member has an experience of some kind and is afraid to post for the flack he/she will receive.



Then you aren't very proud of what you stand for.

Why are you scared of what people on the internet think of you?



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 02:48 AM
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I once tried to post anonymously about belonging to a certain anonymous 12-step group in a thread and wasn't allowed to. It's against the traditions of the group to discuss membership in public and particularly in the media – ATS is medialike enough that I would have liked to be able to talk about it anonymously. And I felt what I had to say could be legitimately helpful to the OP and others in the thread.

I ended up posting anyway and u2u'ing the OP with more information, but I can see reasons (other than shame) to want to be able to post anonymously.



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