Invision 4.4.5 (NEW!): Anonymous Posting

tony45

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Anonymous Posting


For a very long time Invision Community has allowed community owners to choose how open or private their communities should be. Communities could optionally allow guests to post without registering, they could allow the use of pseudonyms or they could require the use of real names.

This covers a diverse range of communities but feedback from our clients made us realize that some use cases have not been accounted for.

For some types of community, where discussion topics are particularly sensitive, community owners want to make sure that members register with their real details but are given the option to post anonymously where appropriate. For example, organisations dealing with abuse or sensitive topics might want the member to feel safe and disinhibited to post info without fear of being identified by the rest of the community.

With 4.5.5 we are pleased to introduce Anonymous Posting to make this a reality.

When enabled, members will see the option to post anonymously when creating or replying to content.

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Starting a new anonymous topic

Author details for anonymously posted content is hidden throughout the community and instead a default profile picture and name is shown.
Total anonymity is not always desirable however and in some cases it may be necessary for trusted staff members to know who posted the content. Where allowed, these staff members will be shown an option to reveal the content author.

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Author details are hidden but can be revealed by trusted staff members
Anonymous posting can be enabled on a per group basis and also limited to specific forums, albums and categories etc. The ability for staff members to reveal who really posted the content is a moderator permission.

We hope this new feature is a useful addition and where appropriate makes your members feel safe or comfortable to share info they might not have otherwise.
How open or private is your community and what do you find are the benefits or disadvantages of anonymity?

 

l3ta

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A great new feature, tho in a tight-knit community, members can always figure out who the anonymous poster is based on sentence composition and other grammatical subtleties which are hard to disguise. That said, for larger communities with lots of activity and new members looking for anonymous support, it is definitely a winner.
 

Morrigan

I put the Cute in Exe"cute".
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Well I guess I won't need that plugin anymore! Woot! I have used/needed this feature for as long as I've had a community so glad to see it in core.
 

Tracy Perry

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I'm sure MyMilitia would have appreciated this... but of course their license is "revoked" because of the counter culture complaining about not "liking" their content.
 

Joel R

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I'm sure MyMilitia would have appreciated this... but of course their license is "revoked" because of the counter culture complaining about not "liking" their content.
LOL that's the first community I thought of first too when I read this feature.
 

R0binHood

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I remember using anonymous posting in an academic environment a few years back on Moodle. Ended up making for a really toxic environment as people felt they could hide say stuff to staff that they wouldn't normally associate with their real name.

Was quite surprising really. I think they disabled it a while after so you had to post against your real name.
 

Lewis3262

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Finally, a new feature that's actually useful AND different, and seems to be ahead of the competition, if I'm not mistaken? I agree that someone can still be 'found out' from how their messages are typed and formatted but this is still a useful addition that looks super exciting for those that would use it
 
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