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Stephen Mejias
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Registration?

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.

Jeff Wong
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I'm in favour of it. At the art forum I own, registration is required to access the full features of the site. People can still surf without doing so, but, posting requires registration. This cuts down on a lot of spam and nonsense, and because members are able to choose user names, anonymnity (if desired) is preserved. It's nice to have some attribution to a comment, even if it's a handle (are my CB roots from the 70s showing?), just to facilitate clear communication between parties. As long as e-mail address harvesting or privacy isn't an issue, signing up to post shouldn't be a big deal.

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I can't see any downside to requiring registration to post. Perhaps some of the annonymous users could chime in on why you shouldn't.

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Please make registration mandatory. I resisted registration on another forum for over a year due to my innate dislike for membership in any group that wants me as a member. My name was well known on the forum and one day someone stole my unregistered identity and began posting under my name. Since they were posting insults to other members under my identity, it became somewhat embarrassing and difficult to get things straightened out. Registration won't eliminate the goofballs that want to cause trouble, but it slows them down and diverts their attention to someone else's yard. Sort of like putting out bait for fire ants.

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>We're simply considering making registration
>mandatory. How do you feel about this?

Go for it... IMHO, the only way to run an orderly forum.

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Even though you do not like Pink Floyd , i agree with you on this one.Registration should be mandatory.

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You know Stephen,after giving it a better thought i decided to write an additional post regarding the matter.Not only registration should be mandatory but you should find a way to make them include their e-mail adress and then YOU should send them the password that will enable them to log-in.You allready know my English is not very good but i trust you understand what i am trying to say. This way,at least,they will know they are "visiblr" to you,the moderator
Well,unless you want to end up with the following situation: anonymous1,anonymous2 etc etc lol

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Required registration makes perfect sense to me, and I'm not the one who has to waste his time culling out the nutcase posts. Go with it.

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Along with registering, I think a hearing test should be mandatory. Your ear response should be posted along side the registrants online I.D. this way whenever they make absurd coments about hearing a piece of wire, wall outlet, or a frozen, thawed reheated piece of wire we can look up the hearing curve and know they do not have the abilty to hear what they claim.

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It's not the hard-of-hearing who create the problems, it's the hard-of-thinking.

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A hit. A palpable hit. Check your brain in at the door, under "A," for "Anonymous." Only poets can "assign to aerie nothing a local habitation and a name," and, DUP, you're no poet. Anonymous or named, in the words of a more recent philosopher, "a man's gotta know his limitations." Rock on (er, in honor of Jazzman, rut on...), Clifton.

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Dup why do you fault others for things you so obviously possess? If you can't hear the difference, how is someone else at fault???

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Am I missing anything that would be worth turning off the "ignore" feature for a certain someone?

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If i ain't in on it, I don't want anyone else to be. I'm selfish. And jealous, I didn't think up the "pet rock" either

nrchy
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Buddha, don't go back on the thing that proves you to be smarter than me.

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Hi Stephen,
O.K. make the registrations mandatory, but really will be helpful?

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