Thanks everyone for bringing light to some of the issues to help this board grow and be a valuable resource.
The boards, for the most part, are moderated by the staff, and we have been deleting posts that have been inappropriate to the section, or moving those posts to a different thread, and in some cases, emailing the poster to let them know that their posts are inappropriate.
We don't however, catch every one of them, and rely on forum participants to moderate for us as well by letting us know when you think a post is inappropriate, disrespectful, or a blatant FLAME. If you do find one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff monitors this email address and will address inappropriate posts accordingly. It would be most helpful if you identify the specific post (by clicking on the "Print" link, and copying the URL of the resulting page, and pasting that URL into your email to the forums address.
As for anonymous posts, good comments both ways on this as well. I'm going to let it ride for now, but in the future, if the privelege is abused, we'll either pull it, or start storing usernames in the forum message databases so we can trace the anonymous posts, and contact the poster. Right now, anonymous posts are truly anonymous, although we do store IP's so we can manually block IP's from abusive posters.
Another option would be to allow anonymous postings only as a privelege by BPL Subscribers.
The main reason we have anonymous postings as an option is to give industry professionals a chance to participate in rational discussions without creating a conflict of interest from their company. It's valuable to have their input, but at the same time, we recognize that their input as a public spokesperson for the company may result in views that are filtered through the company lenses.
At any rate, great discussions, I am monitoring this one, please provide more input. I want to ensure that our forums remain a valuable resource.