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Re: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on Dec 03, 2011 at 03:26 UTC ( #941475=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting

Gentlebeings ....

I very-consciously abstained from this thread for a couple days, literally “just to see what would happen to it,” and ...

Without “reading anything into anything by anybody,” (as best as a real human-being can ever hope to do such a thing) ...

Perhaps we should all simply take a look at “what actually happened next.”   And see if there is (or, as the case may well be, there is not) “proof in the pudding.”   Again, not as a reflection upon anyone anywhere, but strictly in light of my OP’s original and honorable intention.   Quickly scanning through this thread so-far, I see:

  1. One of the first responses was quite obviously by someone who (so it appears, and “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn who...”) hid behind Anonymous Monk in order to make a rebuttal “off the record.”   (Is that a good thing?)
  2. Other folks rather-quickly pointed out that “this sort of thing has happened before.”   (Is that a good thing?)
  3. The Grim Reaper had a lot of cleanup to do ... since the posts are gone now we may never know what they were.   The simplest interpretation is that:   “Houston, we have a serious spam/noise problem; we have been discovered.”
  4. There was a heckuva lot of emotions going off here, and not a single one of them were good ones.

Personally, I do feel that this is “the proof in the pudding.”   (I think that ...)

  1. The Anonymous Monk account was used in both of the negative ways of which it is all-too capable:   as a venue for slinging-mud at someone else without taking responsibility for it; and as a venue for loading the site with useless spam.   (Notice:   I think that.   It’s my opinion.)
  2. Several participants of very long standing instantly confirmed what we all know:   “this does happen here.”   People do feel that they are being “dissed upon” by others.   Animosity among the Esteemed Monks does, indeed exist.   I think that’s a way-serious problem.

Given that this site is intended to be a Place Of Worship, so to speak, maybe we do need to consider these two aspects of the site more closely, as I have suggested.   There are, I think, very strong human-psychology reasons why other sites have chosen to omit from their implementations two key features that are presently implemented here.   I submit for your pragmatic consideration that this very thread might well serve as a concise illustration as to why.

If it is possible for you to take for granted, now, that I do not in fact “have a bone to pick with” anyone here ... (!) ... “what do you think?”

And, yeah.   I am actually, perfectly, serious.


Comment on Re: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting
Re^2: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 03, 2011 at 03:36 UTC

    In the twelve years this site has existed, only once has the anonymonk function been disabled, and ONLY because it was used to make the gods feel uncomfortable. For the entire previous period it was used and abused freely, monks abusing other monks with this feature is just fine in the eyes of the gods, but monks abusing the gods is totally unacceptable.

    That my dear monkie brained chums is called hypocrisy and corruption.

      Anonymous Monk has never been disabled

        Yes briefly it was, and according to a private email from chromatic, I was the sole cause for that step being taken. I guess I made the gods feel nervous :)
Re^2: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 03, 2011 at 03:53 UTC

    The Grim Reaper had a lot of cleanup to do ... since the posts are gone now we may never know what they were.

    Reaped nodes are still viewable, its just an extra click, or an extra user setting

    And, yeah. I am actually, perfectly, serious.

    I'm sure you are, but your entire statement is vague and unclear. It appears to me that you're merely restating your "argument", with extra mixed metaphors, implications, and emphasis, ipso facto

    This is not persuasive, nor a well reasoned argument -- definitely not worth reconsidering.

      definitely not worth reconsidering.

      Clearly you've never been on the receiving end of an anony-coward slinging crap from behind a mask.

        Clearly you've never been on the receiving end of an anony-coward slinging crap from behind a mask.

        How would you know?

        Anyway, its completely besides the point

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