While I am generally in favor of an anoymous option existing, I must say, I've recently gotten very annoyed by how it's not only being abused, but also overused.
I've noticed in the live feed, a large majority of questions are being posted anonymously. While this is perfectly fine in general, it often becomes problematic when the topic is rather controversial (which is often the case). Anonymous askers then very often tend to take advantage of their anonymity.
So, my suggestion would be to allow only a certain number of anonymous posts within a certain period of time. For instance:
-> You can post no more than 3 anonymous questions and no more than 10 anonymous answers within a month.
Or something like that. This is just an example that I'd personally be okay with.
What do you all think of this? Agree? Disagree? Why? Why not?
I concur - give this woman a prize! (Please state what the prize shall be.)
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I decline - give this woman a consolation prize! (Please state what the consolation prize shall be.)
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I'm indifferent - give this woman whatever the fuck she wants! (Please don't state anything.)
I agree for the most part. There used to be a way to block anons, you didn't need to know who they were. They should bring that back. Cause on controversial Q's, there's usually some heated arguments, so just blocking the person should be an option. No idea why the poop they got rid of it... But yeah, everything in moderation.
Or what if there was a button that allowed people to vote on the person's anonymity? Like say, if 5 people of each sex vote for the asker to come off anon, they don't have a choice, their Q instantly shows who posted it.
1. The Anon feature is something that keeps GAG thriving 2. Limiting Anon questions or opinions will lower the traffic on GAG which is detrimental to the basic nature of business of GAG 3. What I think is those below 18 shoudl be monitored more by GAG admin and their asking sexual nature questions should be immediately and automatically be made Anon 4. A lot of girls prefer going Anon cause they want to state their mind but won't be comfortable going open cause they are stalked or judged which is fair. Any limitations to these will again not only lower the traffic on GAG but also popularity ratings will be lower :)
I do think there should be a limit on anonymous posts, but I don't think it will stop people from using it. The main reason I am voting A is because of the fact that it feels like a lot of questions are just a bunch of anonymous ones. But I think a special exception should be made for the sexuality area.
A lot of trolling is anonymous. It is nice if your situation is really personal and all but I just wish there was something that could cut down the flood of anonymous posts.
In the end, you are really just a username here. So I don't see why people feel the need to use anonymous posts so much.
A lot of times, I've seen questions that I really don't think need to have been asked anonymously. No lies, I've seen questions titled "Hey! What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?" Anonymous. Really?
I'm intrigued by your idea, but I don't know exactly how feasible it would be. I ask questions when I'm seeking personal advice or input and I ask more than three of those each month. Plus, the overwhelming majority of people here are most likely casual/light users who probably don't even ask three questions a month.
So...I guess I'm somewhere in between A and B? Maybe?
I would sign this petition. Anonymous feature should ONLY be used to hide personal or embarrassing information. Not so someone can hide their username and assault other members on a regular basis.
An alternate proposal: A report feature called "No Anonymity Necessary" or something along those lines that, when no reason to be anonymous is present, a moderator may force a user to stop being anonymous on that particular post.
Totally agree.. I've been saying this for years to no avail. Remember the age profile.. most are US teenagers deathly afraid of peer pressure and without much integrity. They want to hide and badmouth anyone who disagrees with their cliques without any accountability, even to a user icon.
That said, I still hope there can be some limitations. As it is, we have NO idea who the person is who is asking or answering most questions, which limits how much we can 'advise' them.
Hey Saves, YOUR price will be a nice compliment - hope the GAG administrators take your excellent idea into consideration. Instead of continuing to see the nice people leave GAG in disappointment about the site, it's time for action! I support the use of the anonymous option for things like physical problems which people want to seek advice on. But NOT for "hate questions". Or questions like "are... inferior to our people". Let your question be a wake-up call for some people :-)
I think instead of limiting the number of anonymous questions and opinions, start charging users Xper points for going anonymous. Users either get Xper points deducted form their account by going anonymous or they simply get no points from their question/opinion for going anonymous.
I don't see any harm even if someone asks/answers anonymously all the time. Its that person's choice. There's no valid reason to restrict anonymous questions or answers by the site, so they have left that choice to the site's members.
I don't hesitate to say that over 90% of my questions are anonymous too, because they're too embarrassing or controversial (although my answers aren't usually anonymous). No big deal. The option of being anonymous allows people to get help for issues which they could never have asked non-anonymously. So no complaints here, I'm cool with tge current system. In fact, I probably won't be using GAG anymore if anonymous posts are restricted.
I personally think there should be restrictions on blocking, and not anonymity, albeit I personally prefer posting with my name out in the open, even though it tends to mean more vulnerability. Overall, there is a 5 question daily limit already, any more limits and this website would be really hard to use. XD
well it looks like what ever I vote you get a prize :) but it will just have to be a surprise
I agree anonymous post are ok some times for some things, but recently I see it being abused a good example would be that 18-24 year guy tat was on one of your reply's a little while back and he is the same one post who knows how many absurd questions mostly with the intent to provoke people and hide behind the anonymous
Your prize is free alcohol of your choice for a whole night. But yeah, I feel like the anon ability gets abused here and there, general trolling. I mean I can understand needing to go anon for embarrassing questions, but you shouldn't need to go anon for opinions. They are your opinions, have the guts to stand by them.
I don't see what the issue is. If people want to go anon 100% of the time they can. If you don't want anon answering your question you are allowed to restrict anon answers much like you did here. If you don't want people asking anon questions, you are free to ignore anybody who posts an anonymous question. Nobody is forcing you to read it or argue with somebody who is anonymous. If enough people do that, nobody who goes anon gets very my answers to their question and they will naturally opt to not use anonymous because it would mean they get more answers by not doing so.
So I don't see any reason to restrict the anon option. What's in place now works just fine in combination with free will to not engage in anonymous users.
Your consolation prize is a virtual hug for being an good person regardless of differing opinion.
Ummm... maybe it should be limited, but your suggestion is a bit too restrictive because not many people may comment. But you're right, i'm sick of dutchbags with bad spelling commenting on my questions. Maybe only 1 anonymous post allowed a day.
i strongly disagree. limiting anonymous posting would make some users uncomfortable about speaking their minds on certain issues and thus compromise the value that an internet forum of this nature offers. i understand the concern but i just think it's minutia.
besides, we're all anonymous here anyway, unless we choose to post our personal info in our profiles, so i don't see the point.
I think this is question was asked in pure spitefulness of the anon community: If you don't like people using the anonymous option, or you feel molested by some of these "controversial" questions, don't answer them - simple as.
There shouldn't be a limit on anonymous questions simply because there're plenty of girls and boys out there giving very personal and embarrassing information out there - let them be, you sound a bit immature sorry.
i don´t agree. i use the anonymous posting because i am otherwise quite inhibited about some topics but i still want to give my honest opinion. i agree that some people use it to talk shit and be mean. thats something that needs to be prevented.
I disagree. While I can understand your frustrations, the anonymous function is not abused all the time. I don't think the site should restrict the usage of it for everyone just because a few idiots decide to troll and abuse it.
Plenty of people use the function simply because they like having that "extra" anonymity and they don't abuse it. I think if you see someone abusing it, just report the post and the user.
I don't think restrictions are needed. Just because you're posting anonymously, it doesn't make you less a member than any other and if these people in particular are taking advantage, than that's sort of a moderation issue, isn't it?
I don't know, questions where anonymous posters aren't allowed to answer seem more debatable to me. In general, just because some people feel very comfortable here to show their ID, post their real pics, etc., doesn't mean the contribution of the ones who don't is less valid or with lower quality.
GIVE THIS WOMAN A PRIZE! haha No but seriously people do take advantage of posting anonymous which is why I won't allow those opinions to be posted on my questions anymore. You know the anonymous who hide behind the title and are super bitchy or assholes cause no one can tell its them. I'm all for it though in more serious cases I understand why people post anonymous but it's abused far to often to hurt others.
Well i guess it depends on the topic.. I like to use it when i talk about anything personal or something that's a sensitive subject to me.. Like in my case childhood - teen experiences. On the other hand I have seen some people just be plain rude using the anon. Option. Calling names etc. There should probably be like a limit, if you get too many down votes on lets say 5 anon. Comments you aren't able to comment anon. For some period of time. My opinion :)
I think we all have the right to use it but some people seem to use it too often or I see it too much on a lot of questions. It does annoy me, I'm not going to lie I used it when I started but like a hand full of times but rarely or never use it.
The majority of my questions I feel are embarrassing so I prefer to ask anonymously. I don't have any sexual experience at my age (I'm a virgin) and it's kind of weird for someone in my age group not to. So some of the questions I ask might be something people would think someone in the younger groups would ask. I know it still shows my age group, but those questions won't be associated with this username. It's embarrassing to admit I know nothing about sex at my age when younger people do.
Some things on this site can be quite difficult for people to talk about when not anonymous. Even though the noone knows the account there is still the feeling that the person themself will be negatively received. I think it's fine the way it is.