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Started by fenderstrat on Oct 28, 2018 6:35:21 PM
What would be the effect of ending on-line anonymity?

Always supposing, for the purpose of discussion, that it were possibble.

invicta - 28 Oct 2018 18:39:16 (#1 of 35)

Twitter. Online lynch mobs and persecution.

TRaney - 28 Oct 2018 18:40:23 (#2 of 35)

A bit like when they pull back the curtain in the Wizard of Oz

RosyLovelady - 28 Oct 2018 18:42:55 (#3 of 35)

I've never stayed awake long enough to witness that scene.

Anchorman - 28 Oct 2018 18:49:24 (#4 of 35)

I suspect discussion would be a lot more polite

Brunothecat - 28 Oct 2018 18:50:57 (#5 of 35)

Purges in pretty much every country with a dodgy regime, especially China which already seems to have done a lot to turn IT into a tool of repression.

FleurDuMal - 28 Oct 2018 18:51:04 (#6 of 35)

I think people might not be as offensive, certainly.

Anchorman - 28 Oct 2018 18:55:04 (#7 of 35)

and I wouldn't have to have so many on ignore!

Jacob_Richter - 28 Oct 2018 18:55:52 (#8 of 35)


Anchorman - 28 Oct 2018 18:56:22 (#9 of 35)

You're not on ignore Jacob!

FleurDuMal - 28 Oct 2018 18:58:31 (#10 of 35)

I assume I’m not either!

RosyLovelady - 28 Oct 2018 19:00:18 (#11 of 35)

Mental Ignore was a thing for a while. I expect it still is.

Dayraven - 28 Oct 2018 19:00:34 (#12 of 35)

I suspect discussion would be a lot more polite

Facebook’s got a real name policy, and its reputation for politeness isn’t that great.

Anchorman - 28 Oct 2018 19:17:41 (#13 of 35)

That surprises me but I'm not on facebook.

Brunothecat - 28 Oct 2018 19:20:36 (#14 of 35)

You should join up and sort 'em out. Up the politeness quotient yourself in a relentless drive for decency.

SinnerBoy - 28 Oct 2018 19:22:47 (#15 of 35)

Always supposing, for the purpose of discussion, that it were possibble.

You'd be stalked and attacked by lexicographers and pedants. You'd probably have dictionaries hurled at you, as you walked the streets.

Hornswoggle - 22 Nov 2018 15:03:22 (#16 of 35)

I suppose I'll have to spend more time on my allotment, just like I did before I became leader of the Labour Party.

Lento_ - 22 Nov 2018 16:31:50 (#17 of 35)

Years ago I used to post on a forum for computer programmers who use the Java programming language. The forum had a real name only policy, and it seemed to work quite well. One of the best parts of the community was that several very well known people in the Java world - the kinds of people who write popular books on how to do it - posted on there, joined in debates, would answer questions etc. It was a good opportunity to learn from the experts, and the real name policy felt like it created a polite and friendly community.

And then, as always happens on the internet, one idiot had to come in and spoil it. One of the authors started getting confrontational messages on the forum, which turned in to letters sent to her home, and then the idiot turning up at conferences to heckle her. She, and several other authors on there, left the forum and never came back.

Up until that point I'd been all in favour of the real name policy, but when this incident happened it change my mind completely. Even if almost every user is a decent person, it only takes one bastard to cause a lot of problems. We've even seen it happen on this forum despite anonymous names.

lammaMia - 09 Jan 2019 15:59:56 (#18 of 35)

To answer the original question, I foresee government raking in money from people who change names.

lammaMia - 09 Jan 2019 16:03:53 (#19 of 35)

Will this apply to Tinder?

TheVoiceOfReason - 09 Jan 2019 16:05:31 (#20 of 35)

#12: Facebook (IME) doesn’t have the mob metality and piling-on of Twitter.

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