Am I alone.............

Am I alone.............

Didn't find your answer?

...........in finding the amount of anonymous posters here somewhat annoying?

Anonymous posts were definitely in the minority before - now they seem to comprise most of the original posts AND replies.

Or am I just being a grumpy old fa*t? (again!!)

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By Sir Les Patterson
06th Aug 2009 12:59

Whose on the horse?
Is it Bold Sir Robin?

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 13:24

Lord...
To ease the problem in future I will be known as Lord Anon of Battersea.

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 13:32

Pointless question by a grumpy old f*rt!

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 13:36

Yes
and yes

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By Sir Les Patterson
06th Aug 2009 13:58

Sir Robin does have a point
It is hard to follow the argument of a thread when you have three different Anons with different opinions. Also, people have personalities, and you have no idea where you stand with an Anon.

Obviously I do not think that you should use your real names, but pen names do make this a community, rather than a load on empty randoms posting.

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 14:10

Whato Old Chap
..from Lord Ann of Bat

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 14:18

How do you change your User Name on accountingweb?

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By DingDong
06th Aug 2009 14:19

Agree with Sir Les
It won't take 5 minutes for the anons to set up a different name so we all know who we are talking to

Admittedly I thought about using fake details but thought I wouldn't go down that route.......

Ding Dong!

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 14:25

From Lord Anon of Batt
by the way wheres the AW Xmas ball being held this year ?

Fancy dress I presume--may be difficult to take a horse

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 14:29

What a load of rubbish
A pen name still makes you anonymous - you have an unknown identity.

I am fed up of people slagging off anonymous posters - many "named" posters have left this site are you trying to get the anonymous ones to leave as well? Many very good answers have been left by anonymous posters and many bad ones have been left by named and pen named ones.

Whilst I know that some people disagree with the "best answer" mark I am trying to collect them I have received two to date under anonymous so I must be contributing to the forum by my postings. Is this thread, by trying to rid the site of good answers?

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 14:40

How many times have I posted re:this thread ?
From Lord Anon of Battersea

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By Sir Les Patterson
06th Aug 2009 14:49

I'm not slagging anyone off
Neither am I saying that Anons post crap. Nor am I saying that you should use your real name.

It's just that a name, whatever it may be, adds to the community spirit which is what this site is all about. And it lets you have discussions with individuals within a thread. That's all.

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By Sir Les Patterson
06th Aug 2009 15:01

Let's think of some pseudonyms for the anons:
Yoda
Jean Luc Picard
Bertram W Wooster
Oliver Cromwell
Norman St John Pole-Vaulter

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By Gareth Beck
06th Aug 2009 15:14

If you want your username changed, PM or email me
Hi,

You can't change your username in your profile but if you email or PM me than I can change it.

Let me know a couple of suggestions and as long as no-one else has it, I'll change it.

Thanks,
Gareth

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By thomas.peterson
06th Aug 2009 15:20

We've already got a name for them
They are collectively known as Death Eaters from the HP books.

There's a time and a place for the anonymous tick box, if you're using it on every post you either picked a REALLY bad user name you are ashamed of or you enjoy the safety of no-one knowing who you are as you fear the repurcusions of voicing your opinion.

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By Becky Midgley
06th Aug 2009 15:44

People have a right to privacy...
But I have to agree, having some name, any name, does aid the discussion along because we can see how many comments are made by each individual person and garner a view of who has what to say - this is great for the community aspect of Any Answers.

Pick a name, any name - you can still protect your privacy but show a little personality.

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By lenny
06th Aug 2009 16:01

No personality
I agree with Becky no name no personality, or it could be they just dont want to be known

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 16:43

well...
The problem is that when you give a name you can also see all your other posts.

This isn't always welcomed

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By User deleted
06th Aug 2009 17:09

thomas.perterson?
"or you enjoy the safety of no-one knowing who you are as you fear the repurcusions of voicing your opinion."

Is that why you post using a pseudonym? staying anonymous.

I agree that posting as a pseudo (false/fake) rather than anonymous does help the flow of threads at times and aids the community spirit but posting insults against people who post under anonymous also does not help the flow of threads or aid the community spirit.

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By mwngiol
06th Aug 2009 21:06

Pseudonyms
What you'll find on nearly every internet forum is that people use pseudonyms as opposed to their real name. I doubt there are many forums which even allow anonymous postings (although some do allow "guest" postings which I suppose is pretty much the same thing).
There's no reason to use your real name if you don't want to do so, but some kind of name makes so much difference. I see no reason to make every single post you make an anonymous one.

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By User deleted
07th Aug 2009 09:01

I agree with last poster but cannot remenber his name
It is better to have a pseudonym than no name but what gets mine and at least one other anonymous poster is that some people slag people off for posting anonymous especially without knowing the reasons why.

I have posted anonmously since the change because my true name comes up and for whatever reasons I do not wish this to come up (I presume that for their own reasons the pseodos do not want their real name to come up). It is only now that accountingweb have offered a simple solution to this.

The constant slagging off of people and pointless topics like this one is what is ruining this site not posting as anonymous.

My aim for today is to post a good technical question and a good practice development one and respond to as many as possible in a helpful manner.

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By Euan MacLennan
07th Aug 2009 11:06

To the previous Anonymous
You have always been able to set up a new username - your pseudonym or whatever - but your previous posts would not appear under your new username. The facility offered by Gareth Beck is to amend your existing username to something else, thus retaining all your history. He did this for me, changing "remaclennan" to "Euan MacLennan". I suspect that only he can set up a username with spaces in it.

Yes - I agree that it is much better to have individual names (whether real, fake but realistic or complete pseudonyms) so that you can have a dialogue with individuals in a thread.

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By Sir Les Patterson
07th Aug 2009 11:12

Euan
I set up mine with spaces.

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By thomas.peterson
07th Aug 2009 13:59

ROFL
"or you enjoy the safety of no-one knowing who you are as you fear the repurcusions of voicing your opinion."

Is that why you post using a pseudonym? staying anonymous.

I agree that posting as a pseudo (false/fake) rather than anonymous does help the flow of threads at times and aids the community spirit but posting insults against people who post under anonymous also does not help the flow of threads or aid the community spirit.

I adore how you posted that comment anonymously :)

/facepalm
I've lost count of how many times I have told you this but I'm not anonymous, I'm Thomas Peterson. If you wish to see what my opinions are (as oddly many people suddenly seem to want to) search my name. Everyone seems to find it offensive I haven't used my real name, if I had put my real name would you be any the wiser as to who I am? Of course not, unless you happened to know me and we're talking lottery odds there.

How about I change my name to Thomas Peterson, that would undermine your argument completely while giving nothing more away about my personality.

Oh, and if I've been insulting I don't intend to be, but after a dozen faceless people too afraid to stand by their insults have a go at you you start to get a bit snippy #shrug#

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By User deleted
07th Aug 2009 14:08

I used to post with my first name
I used to post with my Christian name (being registered by my full name). Then I had a "personality" (if that isn't a contradiction in terms for an accountant) but didn't reveal enough of myself for people to google me and know not just my name but my business address (which is my home address and you could deduce that from some posts). Now I can't change the registered name to the shortened one (I know I can re-register but I can't be bothered and I'd probably have to change to some pseudonym) so I just tick anonymous.

If you're posting on here completely candidly you might not want everyone in your local area to know it is you. If you're checking up on something you think you really should know already, then you won't want to put your real name. It's the fact that you can't change from your registered name to a new one just as you post. I have no problems with the accountingweb team tracing me at all - but that doesn't mean I want posters I don't know anything about wanting to - especially if they are not accountants themselves.

I see you use your full name - and a quick google and I can see your business address and contact details and see you have some very nice green spaces around you from google earth. And I'm not good at IT.

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By User deleted
07th Aug 2009 14:24

Im getting bored by this topic but.....
I agree with the previous poster.

I used to post by my initials but if I post now my full name comes up which I do not want. I used (and still am) kind and curteyus to my fellow posters and used to try to answer posts fully and to the best of my ability. I hope and believe that people grew to respect my answers.

I used to have an alter ego for the times when I was been thick and would post under a pseudonym so as not to distract from the reputation I was probably building up.

Now I post under anon because I cannot be bothered to reregister maybe one day I will get round to it but until then it bye from anon.

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By Paul Scholes
07th Aug 2009 14:48

I'm Free!!!!
My first posting as me with Franky (as in Franky I don't give a damn!).

Under the new regime my naff user name from 10 years ago appeared so I posted as a small mouse but adding my name e-manually but now, thanks to Gareth the Wizard, I'm me, good & proper.

Honestly folks I don't know what you are worried about, I've been using my own name for 10 years and I'm still here & people can track me down and even stalk me if they wish but so what, these are my thoughts & opinions so, unless clients' affairs are at risk, why should I cower in a wee mouse hole?

A week or so ago someone raised the question about Aweb not being what it was and, for me, it's do do with debating (not) with a load of nameless texters. The postings & the to & fro have lost their ooomph without the ability to follow the threads within questions.

So go on you nameless rodents, show us your sparkle.

PS

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By User deleted
07th Aug 2009 15:01

From a nameless rodent
Your opinion is that we are Rodents and I do not mind your opinion one that you are entitled to. It is others hippocrits that slag anons off for being anons but by posting as anons but under a pseudonym.

I am glad your Scottish stalker has left and I welcome your opinion on many constructive threads, and whislt I do not always agree with them they do often give me food for thought.

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By thomas.peterson
07th Aug 2009 15:03

I agree
If you're checking up on something you think you really should know already, then you won't want to put your real name.

Couldn't agree more, but that isn't the issue. The issue isn't being embarressed about people knowing you are asking a stupid question (I post anonymously in that circumstance and freely admit it), it's the people using the anonymous system as they are afraid people will lose e-respect for them when they see what a prat they are always insulting an never helping.

Plenty of reasonable reasons for being anonymous, hiding while you insult someone isn't one of them.

And who are you talking to (oh the irony I find it hard to describe who I am refering to in a topic full of anonymous posters...) with the Google Earth comments?

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By Gareth Beck
10th Aug 2009 11:28

Change of usernames
Hi,

I see a couple of people have mentioned that they would post with a name if it was something other than their current username and I wanted to reiterate that we can change peoples usernames .

If anyone wants their details changed fire me a PM or email [email protected] and I'll change it.

Thanks,
Gareth

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By User deleted
10th Aug 2009 15:25

Post your photo, Euan
Hi Euan youare one of the valued contributors to this site. It would be nice to put a face to your name!

Your replies have always given me confidence>

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By Richardrussell
30th Sep 2009 12:41

I've just come across this post

and completely agree, the overuse of the name Anonymous has made many of the threads pointless and hard to follow.  Couple this with the lack of any indication of how many posts there are for a thread if followed from 'latest answers' (there is nothing at the question end that indicates how many posts there are!), and that is why I now probably check Any Answers once a week, compared with up to 3 times a day in the 'good old days'.

But the silver lining is that I now get a lot more work done!  So thanks AccWeb, your revamp has really helped my business!

 

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