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Anonymous feature

A suggestion/thought

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I have an idea for dealing with the much loved Anonymous feature. If instead of the post showing up as posted by "Anonymous" it instead showed "Moron", then it would generally be a much more accurate description of the OP, and might put off people from misusing it. Just a thought.

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By Vile Nortin Naipaan
08th Aug 2019 11:12

Giving this a Justin.

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By Accountant A
08th Aug 2019 11:21

Very restrained language for you.

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By Chris.Mann
08th Aug 2019 11:49

What's wrong with Freeloader?
Or, better still, "It's all about me"?

There's surely more than sufficient anonymity in the majority of the user names, which present on this site already. The OP being a prime example of the case in point.

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By legerman
08th Aug 2019 11:48

There are times when accountants may genuinely want to use the Anonymous feature and it would be a shame to lose that option. How about Anonymous posts have to be approved before being published?

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By Chris.Mann
08th Aug 2019 11:51

I can see your point. However, I'm sure you'd accept that the present arrangement is regularly abused and, open to ridicule?

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By Tax Dragon
08th Aug 2019 12:00

Is it a Cambridge comma when it appears after the "and"?

(Think punting, to get that [attempted] joke.)

Anonymous is annoying. But I wouldn't scrap it. We can respond as we wish (within the rules of course!) or not respond at all.

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By Accountant A
08th Aug 2019 12:05

Tax Dragon wrote:

We can respond as we wish (within the rules of course!) or not respond at all.

The point is that 99 times out of 100 the facility isn't being used in accordance with the site rules!

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By Tax Dragon
08th Aug 2019 12:15

Maybe. But it's for Sift to enforce Sift's rules. (As I've said before, I think the text that you [rightly, IMHO] quote and quote again, which sets out the rules, should be an auto reply to every Anonymous query.)

All we can do is respond - or not.

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By An0nym0us
08th Aug 2019 12:06

Tax Dragon wrote:
Anonymous is annoying.

Ouch! Burned by a dragon.
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By legerman
08th Aug 2019 20:42

Chris.Mann wrote:

I can see your point. However, I'm sure you'd accept that the present arrangement is regularly abused and, open to ridicule?

Definitely. Does reporting any said posts make any difference?

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By An0nym0us
08th Aug 2019 12:05

Why you no like me so much Vile? I just no as a smart as you.

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By The Grammar Police
08th Aug 2019 12:15

Your name is a bad mix of capitals and lower case, which, as well as being a bad pun on the subject matter, is also very annoying. Vile is, of course, just vile.

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By An0nym0us
08th Aug 2019 12:18

Fool! It is a mixture of lower case and the number 0.

Which must mean there is an Anonymous among us, but who?

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By The Grammar Police
08th Aug 2019 12:28

I think Vile is corresponding with herself.

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By An0nym0us
08th Aug 2019 12:38

If I was Vile then I'd have called you [***], not a fool.

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By Tax Dragon
08th Aug 2019 12:42

FYI multiple user accounts is also against the rules.

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By An0nym0us
08th Aug 2019 12:49

And so it should be.

Anyone tell George that... sorry Portia.. I mean Vile! Damn it all!

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By Tax Dragon
08th Aug 2019 12:58

An0nym0us wrote:

And so it should be.

Anyone tell George that... sorry Portia.. I mean Vile! Damn it all!

Bigamy is illegal. Remarrying isn't.

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By Lone_Wolf
08th Aug 2019 13:11

Might not be illegal but it's pretty bloody stupid! Why make the same mistake twice?

And who would be stupid enough to make the mistake twice at the same time.

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By Tax Dragon
08th Aug 2019 13:21

And that's the distinction between providing information and giving advice.

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By Trannysister
08th Aug 2019 12:50

There's the proof.

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By An0nym0us
08th Aug 2019 12:58

WHO ARE YOU CALLING A POO...sorry I misread that there.

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Lone Wolf
By Lone_Wolf
08th Aug 2019 12:56

I've never understood the value of the anonymous feature when it's just as easy to set up a profile under a pseudonym.

I'd never do that of course, us Wolf's don't hide behind such veils!

But surely you just don't link the profile to yourself and you're fine? Post away and leave out client specific details and you're just as anonymous.

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By SteLacca
08th Aug 2019 20:00

I agree, and I'm with Port....Ermm Geor......Vile on this.

I'd rather see Anonymous gone (note, no zeros)

EDIT: I miss the Miss Piggy avatar

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By Tax Dragon
09th Aug 2019 06:51

The fact that something gets abused is not, of itself, an argument for scrapping it. (Not a logical argument, anyway.)

It can form part of a logical argument for better policing and enforcement. Maybe Sift does police and enforce. How would we know? We all suspect zero policing and minus zero enforcement goes on.

The problem of downgrading of the site is self inflicted. There's no obligation to reply to posts. If we all ignored anonymous, s/he'd soon eff off.

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Hallerud at Easter
By DJKL
08th Aug 2019 20:23

Without Anonymous what will we all talk about?

It serves a role, channeling vitriol, abuse and sarcasm- without it we would all have no purpose in life.

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By SteLacca
08th Aug 2019 21:00

Well, there's always accounting and tax stuff.

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Hallerud at Easter
By DJKL
08th Aug 2019 21:45

Ya dinnae want to do that; life's too short.

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By Matrix
08th Aug 2019 21:07

Donald we are not all PAYE like you so we are using our valuable time and this site has downgraded so much. Although you would have thought my chargeable hours would be up;)

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Hallerud at Easter
By DJKL
08th Aug 2019 21:42

I am not PAYE all the time just yet, in fact even come October I will only have two part time employments- I can really recommend a three day working week four day weekend.

Today was a very productive day (hence no postings until the evening) , my low, Trump inspired, garden wall has seen real progress though my hands are now looking like wrinkled prunes from the mortar.

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By Triggle
08th Aug 2019 22:34

May I just point out, whether you want me to point it out or not, that it's very easy to find out the screen name of the man behind the curtain but, usually, of little use whatsoever. Sometimes, however, it is though.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
09th Aug 2019 09:07

How about, the user has to have made X no posts before the anonymous feature becomes available to them?

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By Tax Dragon
09th Aug 2019 10:02

Feel free to continue to use Anon, atlea. You are atleastawareoftherulesandriskwarnings (respondents might not be as willing to provide you with a reply, etc).

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Hallerud at Easter
By DJKL
09th Aug 2019 10:10

A loyalty scheme- collect the points and purchase an anonymous question.

We could expand the idea and have an online catalogue to work out how we wanted to spend our points if not by Anonymous Questions. Something like the following could appeal to a significant cohort of regulars- 5 points for a mild swear word , 10 points for something stronger, 20 points for an unlimited multi word foul mouthed tirade (Our bestseller) etc

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By Tom Herbert
09th Aug 2019 15:29

And we're closed.

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