I think that there ought to be a caveat somewhere about AskMe questions, pseudonymity, privacy, and social network scraping tools. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious
on Feb 17, 2011 -
Anonymity, what are the rules exactly?
I want to ask a question for a project I'm pitching. If the project gets made it would be under my real-life name, which would allow people to connect me with my screen-name here. I don't really want that to happen.
Is that an acceptable use of anonymity?
Is there a means to sign up for a second account and somehow say "please note, this isn't a sock puppet"? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel
on Sep 9, 2010 -
Can we please stop questioning the need for anonymous AskMe posters to be anonymous? The posters can't respond, and I find Matt does a decent job of filtering out the questions that have no possible necessity for anonymity. Maybe you can't think of a reason, but then again, it's not your life at issue.
posted by grouse
on Feb 5, 2006 -
In light of this new law
, do you suppose having our real names (which are optional) in our profiles enough, or would it be prudent to allow users to change their aliases into their real names?
posted by crunchland
on Jan 9, 2006 -
Posting something in Blue or here should have a definite link to a persona set up here. But a question? There are some questions we want asked but not have anyone know we asked them. What about an anonymous possibility?
posted by Dagobert
on Dec 15, 2003 -
If you can't beat em, join em, eh? I have finally reached my tolerance threshold for people who choose—and are allowed—to be anonymous on this community site. If folks can remain anonymous and hurl invectives
toward my wife (who is not even a MeFi member) then the time has come where I too must become anonymous.
I know it has been discussed before
, but anonymity has no place in a community such as this. If people can't stand behind their own words then perhaps it is best if they hold their tongues?
posted by terrapin
on Mar 3, 2003 -
Is anonymity on the Web passé
? What is there to be afraid of, exactly? Nowadays, more and more MetaFilter members seem to use their own names - or, at least, make identifiable comments here. Our own Evanizer
is compiling a photographic collage
of Mefi's #irc regulars. So is it OK to be ourselves
again? Or is protecting our identities still paramount? I suspect that the causes and reasons of paranoia have now officially passed...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 30, 2002 -