Anon is an important aspect of any mostly un-moderated internet forum.
This has nothing to do with the government, it has to do with providing a truly open forum where individuals can speak their minds without fear of reprisals from employers; past, current and future.
For the self employed or independently wealthy this aspect may seem superficial, but to all of us ranked among the minions of the labor force, the prospect of having our uncensored political views searchable on google is not, in the least favorable. Nor having a result pulled up out of context on the screen of some human resource guy's computer.
Yes there will be trolls, there will be BG shitting in every thread he notices and DoRag proving how amazingly easy it is to troll those from Aus. NZ and GB. Spin them up, ignore them or just talk around them.
There also will continue to be a wide range of views and experiences openly argued and discussed, words against words, which is the whole point of any internet forum. Anonymous grants all users the freedom to occasionally play devils advocate or just simply blurt out what is REALLY on their mind with as many; fucks, cunts, shits,twats and damns as they deem best conveys their feelings.
Looking for a career change and want advice...right now you can post that. Pissed off at your boss or coworkers, right now you can vent.
If Gouv has his way, this will no longer be an option for the vast majority. I may stay, but not with the same account as my personal views on religion should not affect any future jobs, nor should Happy Jacks delusions.
So what you're saying is you want to have no accountability for any of your views, thoughts, etc? That to me is the definition of a spineless pussy.
I'm all for real screen names(if it was possible, it's probably not)
It would sure cut down on the Internet tough guys hiding behind their keyboards.
I long since modified my position to something like "If you post shit about somebody, the victim has the RIGHT to know who posted the shit."
"My way" would in no way restrict a fellow fro signing up a sock puppet and writing, "My boss at my company I won't name is a jerk. I want to go work somewhere and not have him stopping by for a quich fondle three times a day. Does anyone know of a place where they are hiring accountants?"
Please assume my currently evolved position when creating hyypotheticals based upon "Gouv's way."
and if I agree with you about your criticism, I may change my mind some more.
What would be the point of my participation in a discussion if my mind were already made up??
Alright i see where you have modified the position and that makes more sense, yes if a poster is attacking a person by name, that person should have a means to respond. Requesting name at registration isn't going to work, IP addresses can be altered -easily- and without a little note from a court you won't be getting any farther. However, whatever may be gained in accountability will not be offset by the liberty lost.
Published words alone, which for those new to the internet, are worthless without pics especially when an attack or accusation is made off the cuff from an unknown source.
Unbeknownst to the Drudge report, one can not simply pull some random shit they found in an Indian tabloid and have it become factual.
What has to be examined are the goals of this and every other internet forum community and how the rules set forth by the administrators affect the desired outcome. The ability to publish freely what is on ones mind is a liberty many of us normally are unable to partake in and a core to this particular forum where we as posters may remain anonymous.
Anon posters not only post more often they drive conversations, often emotional and are the driving force behind a thriving community where each of us are are digital personae spread across thousands of miles.
While it may seem as though this anarchy would lead to complete nonsense and misinformation being propagated as a matter of course, look closely and what you will find that the opposite is true. Bullshit is called out quickly, without apology and those with unique and often vast knowledge step up. On "other" sailing forums strict moderator force a rule of "playing nice" SA does not. I am not among these elite members with vast knowledge, but i could much more easily play one on the other sites without fear of a Bob Perry, Steve Clark or Bora calling my ass out for the better of the community. Ask a question here and you will get straight answers as the peer review is firmly set to eliminate bullshit. The fact is that, for any of the faults, this forum in not broken.
Personally there is nothing i have said on these forums i would not say directly in person. Those who know me are aware i have little fear of confrontation.
This does not mean however that i would willingly publish my rants on political topics in such a way that was accessible for employers or usable by other media outlets as "John Doe, a XYZ from Company X says Espo, a ABC from Company Y is a dick." Requiring in any way that such information be accessible hobbles the free discourse that is the core value to this forum as a whole. By publishing names our banter does become usable in the real world even when it is not valid and this makes for an uneven playing field for those who are without ties to employers and associations which their opinions are not intended to represent to greater views of the whole.
Call it a class struggle where retired poli sci professor can publicly smear the names of others while the accused are forced into a box where whatever they say can and will be used against them every time they apply for a job however, unrelated to what may or may not have occurred on some Wednesday night as well as the club and all members, no matter how entirely uninvolved with the incident now have that thread appear every time a prospective new racer queries the internet.
No different than pen names, users are granted the ability to allow the quality of their written words to stand alone against the arguments of others. It is better this way and if anyone wishes to discuss this in person i'll be racing next Wednesday on a J-24 on Oneida lake. Or if you happen to see a Starwing sailing about on Cazanovia/Onieda, that is likely me as well.