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Old 09-09-2010, 12:24 PM   #15
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Good post Fred. I could say so much more but will leave it at that.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:44 PM   #16
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The real names are nice but there are some issues. For example we have the following members and it's very difficult to distinguish them from each other.

Aaron L
Aaron L.
Aaron R
aaronr
Adam B.
AdamB
Adam L
AdamL

This is just from the first page of the member list, the same slight variations happen through out the member database.

The biggest issue has been managing the new member moderation process.

I am still working on a solution but here is how it's shaping up. Members will be allowed to use any username they please but under their avatar it will have their first name and last initial. So that means we might have a user with the name 1999 Scamp and under his avatar it will says "John B".

This way we retain the real name concept but we don't have to police new member registrations. It also allows for easier identification of people because the user names will be more unique.

Current members will have a chance to change their login to a handle but will still need to show a real name. I hope to have this solution in place in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:17 PM   #17
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Sounds like a great concept Andy. The best of both minimizing the administration.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:40 AM   #18
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Interesting thread, this one.

It's peculiar how the tradition of anonymity begun by pornographic websites has held on and become such a mainstream way of doing business.
Traditions arise from the strangest of roots...
Porn was the first industry to recognize the vast commercial potential of the Internet, and for obvious reasons "guaranteed its customers' anonymity" by allowing the use of fake names: that's the The Plain Brown Wrapper of the electronic supermarket.
Now-because "that's the way it's always been done" - everybody is behind a mask, free to say whatever they like without fear of being held responsible for their words or actions.
And many yield to the temptations naturally attached to such freedom and say things that they'd be mortified to have to admit to if they were ever called to account for them. Many people are attracted to that notion. AND it's a very good marketing tool, especially when combined with the baseless notion that the attachment of one's Name to one's Words can lead to some kind of terrible fate.
There isn't a single documented case of any harm coming to a person's self or property as a result of revealing one's actual name on the web.
Not that the facts matter. We prefer to be afraid, I guess.
I think anonymity very bad for public discourse- that is, if back-and-forth repartee between unidentifiable users can be described as such.
Anonymous content, which to this day will NOT be published by the smallest real newspaper in The United States, is the expected "format" of forums like this one.
I suppose it doesn't matter much in FGRV's kind of a setting except for the lapses into rudeness anonymity allows. Whatever keeps folks logging on, right?

But no matter the setting, it matters a lot to me.

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I'm listed in the phone book, too!

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I'm listed in the phone book, too!
Verizon gets permission to stop delivering white pages

Yeah, but will we be able to find you if we don't have the book to look in?
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Companies now must grant customers only one free call a month to get phone number information.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:57 AM   #20
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I suppose it doesn't matter much in FGRV's kind of a setting except for the lapses into rudeness anonymity allows.
We actually have rules addressing "rudeness" so if you see any posts that you think are rude, please report them (even if they are by someone using their real name). Our team strives to make sure the community is enjoyable no matter what name the rose goes by...
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:02 AM   #21
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I REPORT MYSELF FOR CALLING BRIAN "MR. SMARTY PANTS"!
PLUS I AIMED THIS SMILEY AT HIM :

Confession is good for the soul

I think I'll leave the monitoring of others' behavior up to themselves and the Moderators...

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Old 05-08-2011, 06:12 PM   #22
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When people get into exchanges on a forum, addressing themselves by their screen names it always sounds like dogs talking to each other.
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I REPORT MYSELF FOR CALLING BRIAN "MR. SMARTY PANTS"!
PLUS I AIMED THIS SMILEY AT HIM :

Confession is good for the soul

I think I'll leave the monitoring of others' behavior up to themselves and the Moderators...

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LOL Francesca I know I just wrote it off to someone having a bad day!

Re the use of screen names - I actually think the use started well before porn hit the internet or Internet Explorer was even developed for that matter - Microsoft was actually a little slow at getting into the internet game as I recall. Way back then we did not have web pages with lots of pictures instead we had what was known then as newsgroup. People often used screen names, for privacy as they were researchers, Univ. profs and students or reporters who were often questioning policies and other researchers findings. Those where also the days when file sharing involved downloading dozens of seperate little bits of files and then putting them all together on your hard drive to make a usable file! It was not any more legal then than it is today! :-)
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Heavens to Murgatroid!!!
I see now that I spelled Byron's name wrong...
My confession is flawed and incomplete.
It's B-Y-R-O-N.
Whew...

Thanks for the history lesson, Carol...
The subject of internet growth really is of great interest to me. Who (besides Al Gore ) could have predicted that it would become as monolithic in our lives as it's turned out to be?
It even induced ME to learn to type...

Wonders truly will never cease

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....and then there were the CB'ers who went by 'handles' instead of their real names.
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Nom de plumes have been used for centuries. And many actors adopted screen names. Why not us too. We write, we act up...

I am very glad that we can use screen names here now.
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We actually have rules addressing "rudeness" so if you see any posts that you think are rude, please report them
In the lower left corner of your Avatar is a white triangle with a Red border and a black ! This is the button you click on to Report Rudeness.
It sends a copy of your report to each and every Moderator and Administrator. All reports are acted upon.
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no matter what you all call yourselves, i'm happy to call you friend.
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