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Changes in Anonymous Posting Policy @ BPL
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Changes in Anonymous Posting Policy @ BPL on 06/02/2006 12:34:52 MDT Print View

After a great deal of deliberation and review of comments, both good and bad (my goodness I sound like the USFS or something), we've eliminated the ability to post anonymously.

The privilege was abused, it detracted from the quality of the content posted, and in general, it provided a relational barrier between forum posters that is unnecessary.

If you want to post under a screen name, that's up to you. You will have to either change your BPL Member account name (which could result in delays in order processing due to credit card validation issues), or create a new non-member account.

However, if we find that non-member accounts begin to abuse the privelege of posting here, then we'll have no choice but to limit postings to BPL member accounts only.

This is a different forum policy, yes. But I'd rather reinforce and support people's integrity that clutter the forums with a bunch of garbage postings. As for people's concern for privacy, the choice is entirely up to you whether or not to post here. If disclosing your name is a consideration, then you don't have to post. There are plenty of public backpacking forums elsewhere where you can post under a screen name.

Edited by ryan on 06/02/2006 14:08:55 MDT.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Changes in Anonymous Posting Policy @ BPL on 06/02/2006 12:56:15 MDT Print View


David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
Re: Changes in Anonymous Posting Policy @ BPL on 06/02/2006 13:15:19 MDT Print View


Thank you.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
No Mo Annon. on 06/02/2006 19:04:15 MDT Print View

Thank You Ryan.

Timothy Chauran
(TimChauran) - F
No More Anon postings on 06/02/2006 20:27:04 MDT Print View

Excellent policy, Ryan, and I'm willing to stake my name that the overwhelming majority of members feel the same way. (And if not, they'll have to divulge their true identities when the Flame me!)

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Changes in Anonymous Posting Policy @ BPL on 06/03/2006 00:35:00 MDT Print View

Good move.


Mister Ultra-light
(MrUltralight) - F
Re: Changes in Anonymous Posting Policy @ BPL on 06/29/2006 13:32:35 MDT Print View

Gee thats a shame Mr. Jordan. Your decision goes against all the Internet safety experts who recommend that you never post using your real name or give out personal information on the Internet. Some people do prefer to stay anonymous for common sense (net safety) reasons.

I dont agree with not allowing anonymous posting and it will probably affect my decision to shop from BPL in the future.

Mr. Ultralight

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
No mo anon on 06/29/2006 13:39:05 MDT Print View

And of course, Mr. Ultralight is your real name. The policy doesn't mitigate against internet security or privacy. Just a way to distinguish one nomme d'plume (should one choose not to use a real name) from another, so a real discourse can happen.

Edited by kdesign on 06/29/2006 13:40:07 MDT.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: No mo anon on 06/29/2006 15:50:37 MDT Print View

Senor UL - no one disputes a person's right to conceal their real name - hence aliases and screennames. However, the anonymous posting policy makes it impossible to know "who" you're talking to - is this someone I've interacted with before? Is this someone who has made reasonable comments before? Or is it just some troll making snipey comments from a coward's vantage? I can't imagine that anyone will have a problem with you posting as Mr Ultra Light.


Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Annonimity on the forum on 06/29/2006 17:09:03 MDT Print View

What's in a name? You want annonimity - pick a name.

Let's assume I don't make it an obvious fake like Zaphoid Beeblebocks. I could pick ANY realistic-sounding name (i.e. Jonathan Frasier) and you'd still not know who I was. I might even use my real name or my trail name (and I use both - just look at this post), and outside of a very small circle of friends in the long distance hiking community, you'll still never know who or where I am.

When necessary - say when I buy or sell something at the Gear Swap forum - I may post my email address since BPL does not offer an email or PM function. What I don't post is my address and phone number. If we need to exchange that info, we'll do it via email.

Edited by wandering_bob on 06/29/2006 17:10:35 MDT.