As the question goes, everyone in GAG is almost anon. Yes we have people rising in levels till 'Guru' and moderators to super moderators.
But why can't GAG become more interactive knowing there are 'genuine' people out there.
I for one use an alternate email address for anything other than work so that my personal and work mail doesn't get cluttered. But I'd very much like to be known as someone genuine.
To be safe for GAG admin to know who's genuine, we can probably take a pic with GAG & our user name written and send it to Admin for them to verify us (w/o photoshop ofcourse lol). Not necessary that the picture gets published or made open to members. Just send to the Admin of GAG?
Why the hell do you want your identity spread all over the internet? That's stupid and dangerous.
And nobody here is a robot so why the hell do we need to "verify" that we are real people? Very few people have multiple accounts or actually keep up with them on any website (if I do have a multiple account it's usually because I forgot my password to both the website AND my old e-mail password if I haven't been on in a few years)
The whole reason I'm on GAG is so I can ask personal questions and not be judged.. if I had to post a picture of myself I honestly wouldn't even use GAG anymore and just switch to Yahoo Answers
If someone is truly worried so badly about someone being fake then I think it's up to the person themselves to ask the person who they suspect is fake for "proof". Assuming that will help them sleep better at night or that they have their own reasons. To go through a whole verification process on gag to just prove people are who they say they are won't really change much. It will still remain a Q&A website. Lots of people here also do the anon thing also and it doesn't carry much relevance.
I understand why these things work on twitter or Facebook, since those sites are pretty huge and a lot of celebrities need to be verified to prevent impostors from harming others or spreading rumors. However, on a small site like GAG, I just don't see why this would be a necessary feature. To me it sounds like it would serve no real purpose other than a popularity boost or something.
wait... what do you mean with "genuine"? Proof that we're real people and not robots? Or proof that we are who we say we are? (not some creep posing herself as a hot girl)?
Either way, I don't think verification is necessary. There's no way a robot can write anything everyone on this page wrote. And for proofing that our profiles aren't fake... well, you can mostly spot fake profiles pretty easily.
And how exactly do you want GAG to become more interactive? In what way?
Let's say hypothetically, this new rule takes place and if that verified member endorsed by the site.
He happens to get involved in something with someone from the site, only to find out, a law suit will be slapped against GaG site runner for endorsing a pedophile/sex offender (who so cleverly posed as someone who is very overly too nice and always helpful to members here and couldn't be seen as a threat) out of no where for assaulting their under aged daughter.
That would be an awesome Idea for dating sites... that would minimize the number of fake people and maybe some psychos... but for a site like this, what would be the point? The emphasize of this is strictly for answers and questions, and one chooses what to answer and what to ask.. if you see a completely idiotic question, simply don't answer it... or what would be the point of your idea here? how would it be relevant to the site? I don't see an actual benefit to it for this specific site.
A total waste of time and money and not to mention adding more technical programming complications. GaG is already fine as it is. This is not exactly a dating listing site but a general advising forum that should open it's door to all users regardless of popularity. When I first came into this site, I could note there were maybe 4 or 5 users that takes every thing too seriously here because they are here 24 hrs a day here? hmm do they even have real life friends and do things outside other than chat with 'people' here? GaG does not need to be complicated.
i think it'd just be used to harass hot girls as guys would know its really them in their picture, this isn't a dating site so I don't think importance should be placed on if that's really the dude or girl in the picture
I didn't vote because your options don't describe the right thing. Verification would make the user population on here plummet. Nobody would send this type of info to receive verification, and no other website that is worth their salt has this sort of thing. You would create a personal barrier to using this website and remove it's ease of access tremendously. Terrible idea.
There's a disclaimer at the bottom of some of the pages on here that says the answers come from fellow users, and to take them accordingly. That is all that needs to be said. If people take the answers on here unreasonably, or if others abuse the anonymous feature, the context of the website still needs to be considered. It isn't the site owner's fault that some people cannot do this when they clearly state to do so.
So no, verification isn't "boring" (not sure how that even relates). It is just useless and invasive.