All posts anonymous??

Hmm…It looks like there’s no way to tell who posts a post? Just comments? That might be an issue, but maybe anonymity is good. But, don’t they always tell us to evaluate the our info sources?

6 Comments on “All posts anonymous??”

  1. mmacken says:

    on the official blog, would we have more than one administrator?


  2. Bryan Loar says:

    That really bugs me that posts are anon. I’ve looked all through the various options. WordPress asks individuals to register in order to post, but then it won’t show any information about the author?! Booo!

    I would argue for multiple admins so that human resources and tasks may be shared.


  3. Bryan Loar says:

    OK, I rescind what I wrote about WordPress. Authors do not show on posts because that’s how the template is designed. Other templates show the author’s name.


  4. Jacqueline says:

    We could advise posters to sign their name to their post, unless an individual prefers to make an anonymous post. -Jacqueline


  5. Bryan Loar says:

    I agree, but that’s not very user-centric design (making a user work more than they should).

    I think the central question is whether or not we want to have posts anon or not. On the one hand, having anon posts gives the author a certain freedom to express their thoughts without repercussion. Responders (in the case of this blog) must be able to support their thoughts because responses are not anon. On the other hand, controversial posts without recognition of authorship are somewhat cowardly. Additionally, authors may post using a name that means nothing (e.g. ART123). In this case, the author still keeps anonymity, and, if ART123 goes ballistic and starts making physical threats & what-not, they can be blacklisted.

    So, my vote goes for posts that include authors.


  6. Jessica Fadel says:

    I agree with you, Brian. It is a pain to remember to sign each post, and the cryptic username is a good idea as well, a “stage name”, of sorts. It will also help to be able to identify a single source of where a stream of thought comes from, because “Anon” would not necessarily be one user, but could be several.