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Should slashdot do away with Anonymous Cowards?

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  • This is a much better option.

    Replace Anonymous Coward with Androgynous Coward.

    Then we'll see who has the guts to post anonymously.

    It's like an "all of the above option" but so much more! And it'll work, just you wait and see!

  • A person must have an account to post. If, after suffient posting and they have good karma allow them 5 AC posts per week or month. Sorta like mod points, except not as random.

    Connect the post to the person in a way that if their AC posts are trolls too often they are limited in the amount of AC posting they can do.
    • I like this idea, best. Earn your right to post AC!
    • This option seems good.

      But then sometimes there are some ACs who are real retards.


      But if you have an account connected with it it really isn't anonymous anyway.

      Probably best to just create a second account for "anonymous" postings or something.

      But maybe your option should go first. If that doesn't work, get rid of ACs entirely.
    • How about: every AC post costs one point of real karma? Mods affect your karma as real posts do, so insightful AC posts will "pay for themselves", and trolls will cost an extra point.

      Logged in AC starts at +1 mod points; logged out at +0, but should really be anonymous (no IP records kept, so poster really cannot be traced. Consider whistleblowers etc). Truly anonymous posts disabled by default for Journals (subscribers can enable)...

  • Everyone should post under Ethelred's name.



  • If you're not willing to put your name to what you say, why should I pay it any attention? Allowing anonymous posting all too often leads to chickensh*ts engaging in drive-by personal attacks that coarsen the tone of discourse.
  • Absolutely not. As much as people dislike AC, it does have a legitimate and valuable purpose. That it doesn't always (or even usually) get used in a legitimate or valuable manner doesn't mean it doesn't have such uses. But when you truly need it, you REALLY need it.

  • If you do away with the AC option, then most people will simply obtain disposable acocunts. You won't know on the face of it whether or not the account is legit or just an AC cover.

    Let them stay AC and keep it easy to filter them out.

  • by sulli ( 195030 ) *
    Arrgh. I don't see why this is even up to debate. If you don't like the AC you can mark all anonymous posts -5 in your profile and never see them ever ever ever again, EVAR.
    • Re:No (Score:3, Insightful)

      by enigma48 ( 143560 )
      I wanted to say this but couldn't say it nearly so concisely.


      * If I'm away from home and don't have my password, it lets me post something without jumping through hoops. If what I post sucks, it'll be ignored or -1'ed and never seen anyway.

      * If I'm going to say something nasty about a situation but could get burned for it, I'm slightly more protected by posting anon. If what I say is obviously wrong, it'll get -1 and never be seen.

      * If the 'organized' slashdot groups want to put some crap up and have
  • by Tet ( 2721 )
    People will always want to post anonymously. If you don't let them do it legitimately, they'll just create throwaway accounts to let them do it anyway.

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