I've noticed that some users are so deeply bothered by anonymous posts. They're quick to label the anonymous poster as hiding or being cowardly. Often allowing their own minor annoyance to discredit the person's validity, the original purpose of the post tends to get derailed. Help me understand this?
The only time I think someone is cowardly hiding behind an anonymous post is when that person is blatantly being antagonistic, argumentative, rude, and shamelessly offensive or borderline harassing someone. My logic here is that if they were really that proudly bold, there would be no reason for them to not reveal their identity. Other than that, I think the anonymous feature is such a unique tool to this website! Many people simply are not going to share certain info if they are not anonymous. Why? 1. Because it's really no one else's business 2. It may be sensitive info that they generally like to keep to themselves No one here is entitled to know the identity or username of whom they are speaking with. When you get vulnerable in order to share insight, you're doing someone else a favor. It's not like you have to reveal certain thoughts, yet you are choosing to for the common good. So for someone to discredit that because you posted anonymously seems pretty ungrateful to me. Others simply don't have the confidence to express themselves boldly and that's perfectly okay :) it's a simple phase in their journey of life that they need to work through; they should not be persecuted for it.
I don't mind it if it is something embarrassing, I have done that myself but on other things that don't matter, what is the point? I know I don't answer as many 'anon' questions or read as many 'anon' posts. There are a few people that I enjoy to read their thoughts on different things. Maybe some of the 'anon' would be other person I would like to read different posts and ideas. Never will know.
It just seems I waste my time answering/commenting on Anon posts for a number of reasons, some of which might be they don't read carefully or understand the answers less obligation to award MH most likely to be flippant other...
I DO understand when it get too personal or would embarrass someone else affiliated
It does not bother me and I post as anonymous often as well. Some people just like privacy and don't even want to post screen names many even do it out of habit. Showing a posters screen name doesn't garnette you will like their opinion but you asked for their opinion not the personal name & details
Really this forum is simple Girls asking Guys questions, its not like we are providing name address telephone and social security numbers so why the heck would you be upset just because someone post under anonymous you asked for there opinion not their name
I agree that if you don't want to use your real photo or name, that is your right. However I personally don't have a problem with people knowing I'm Batman ;-p
That being said I don't feel there should be an "Anonymous" username that anyone and everyone can use. There are a lot of people here who use "Anonymous" as a means of being obnoxious little pricks and nothing can be done about it. At least with usernames you could block the person.
Anonymous posters bother me. They are like The Scourge; the ever watching presence of people that, even without reason, can act against you without you being able to retaliate in any sense of the word.
As long as the anonymous functiion us not abused by users to get away with harassing people, it doesn't bother me at all. It's when they want to say something incredibly dumb or nasty but doesn't want to show their "face", that's when I'd say they're cowards.
You can always report their posts if they're harassing you. Or contact a mod to get their posts hidden from the site quicker.