Anonymity

Topics: User Forum
Sep 5, 2006 at 4:24 PM
I've got a really odd request - can an option be provided to allow people to 'hide' the name of the author of a post, when they post it, so it appears to be anonymous?

I don't want it actually to be anonymous - I want the administrator to be able to find out who it is. I just don't want other normal readers to know who it is.

Our policy is that each person has an account and this ensures they are accountable for what is done via that account. Nothing is anonymous. This is important in the discussion group because they might type something that contravenes the organisation's policies or is illegal (for example something wildly offensive in the racisim line or illegal like advertising a child porn service or encouraging terrorist activity).

However, there seems to be a view that some of the people are concerned about being open, not because of the senior management or organisation, but because of the views of their peers, colleagues and friends.

So, for instance, it is commonly stated that 10% of the male population is gay. In our fire service, none of our firefighters are 'out'. This is a difficult situation to believe and diversity is one of the topics of our discussion groups. But contribution from someone who is gay but not 'out' is restricted. Adding a level of anonymity might encourage a more open discussion (this is just one example, and probably not a good one, but it shows the principle).

Is there anything that can be done?
Sep 8, 2006 at 9:15 PM
This might be a similar situation.
Mine is an organisation of higher professional education where nicks are not an option yet (if ever). Every poster is known by name and can be backtracked to it's position, function or expertise.

We would like to use the forum web part for an open communications channel, free of influence by position or traceable knowledge.
In stead, a reputation should be earned by quality of posts, and not some formal title.
A certain amount of anonimity would realy improve an environment of open and even communication.
Contradictory, we do not allow anonimity on the network.

Pseudonimity would be grand, where users can not backtrack another user but administrators can, with configurable restrictions on switching names et cetera to prohibit identity theft or volatile identities. Of course, this means adapting the Members list et al.
So hop to it Bill (the magic word follows) .. please, and thanks in advance
Coordinator
Sep 9, 2006 at 4:43 PM
This discussion has been copied to Work Item 3075. You may wish to continue further discussion there.