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Old 06-24-2005, 11:06 AM
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I've already asked the managers this, and I suppose it is out of the question, but I would like to see an area for anonymous postings. They said it has been "abused" in the past, but people can always be banned if they cause trouble. Of course, some people may make outrageous statements and crazy allegations, but I feel there needs to be a place where people (particularly employees) can express their concerns without fear of retaliation.
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Old 06-24-2005, 12:21 PM
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so, if they're anonymous, i.e. not logged in as a specific user, how can you ban them?
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Old 06-24-2005, 12:56 PM
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Old 06-24-2005, 01:32 PM
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so, if they're anonymous, i.e. not logged in as a specific user, how can you ban them?

Well, I think we're banning them quite effectively now..

On a more serious note, we could ban anonymous users by IP address... but that's hardly reliable as people's IP addresses change, and sometimes users (like everyone on AOL) are going through proxies, so banning those IPs will ban a whole bunch of people we wouldn't want to.

In any case, I for one don't feel particularly bad about the fact that we don't allow anonymous posting. I think that the additional administrative overhead required to manage the board at that point (just deleting spam alone would take up a large amount of someone's time) would mean it was no longer financially justified for the University to continue to offer this service..

... and all that for the benefit of folks who don't want to be accountable for what they say. No thanks!
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Old 06-24-2005, 03:14 PM
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Yes, some would not want to be accountable for what they say, but many others (specifically employees) on this campus have concerns and were they to express them to certain administrators, would be canned (it has happened recently and will continue to happen, no doubt). But I suppose they have other avenues.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:27 PM
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I suppose one could make it so that the person could log in, then select "anonymous post," so it'd still be limited to Drew people, but wouldn't know who it was.

However, I don't really think it's a good idea. I don't really think we want to encourage more inane posts.
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:02 AM
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The fact is, there are conflicts of interest among certain administrative departments at Drew, and it sets up a situation where employees are effectively stonewalled. Hopefully this will change with the new president. I am not a full-time Drew employee, but as a student worker, I have encountered some problems because of this. My concern is not to have a place where people can just come in and spout off and make outrageous accusations, so I would appreciate it if the administrators would consider suggestions seriously, and keep their comments professional. Thanks.
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Old 07-25-2005, 12:46 PM
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We've already given you our final answer on anonymous postings. Under no circumstances will it be changing.

That does not mean we didn't take the suggestion seriously. We did. We decided against implementing it. These forums were not set up for the purposes you have in mind in this case.
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Old 07-26-2005, 12:59 AM
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besides, you can always trick someone into logging on under their name, then post under it.

I mean, right. bad idea.

or, you could always say you're someone else, and then hope people don't read too closely.
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