When we built the forum, we decided against requiring participants to become registered users. We wanted the forum to be open to anyone, and we hoped that this freedom wouldn't be abused.
Lately, anonymous posts have become more frequent. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when a participant hides behind anonymity, the spirit of open, honest, intelligent discussion, debate, and sharing of enthusiasm is damaged, if not completely broken. We don't want that. In addition, spam has become a bigger problem. We're looking at ways of alleviating it.
We're simply considering making registration mandatory. How do you feel about this? As always, your input is greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much.