Mudcat Café message #173888 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17816   Message #173888
Posted By: Jeri
05-Feb-00 - 09:03 AM
Thread Name: Should registration be required or not?
Subject: RE: Should registration be required or not?
Regarding the question in the title, no.

The problem with anonymous flamers isn't the flamer, obnoxious posts is easy to ignore. They're personal attacks, and I can see no motive/reward for someone posting them than to provoke people to come to the defense of the insulted individual, thereby disrupting conversation.

Individual idiots are not a problem. The extreme nastiness happens when we let them change and control our collective "mood," and this has happened. I have pulled back quite a bit from Mudcat because of it. We quit listening to the words in a post and react to the fact that it's "anon." Where otherwise, we would ask "what did you mean," we knee-jerk flame anonymous posters. When I signed on in May, I don't recall this happening, but I may have just missed it. It seems people see anyone who doesn't sign their name as the enemy. For my part, I will read and try to understand the words they write.

I do think that some mandatory name, (they could type in "XYZ" for all I care) even for cookieless anons would be a good idea, so we know who to refer to, instead of "well, the second anon said..."