Suggestion Petition to remove the Anonymous account

Should TAZ allow @Anonymous posts while moderating its use?

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Nov 23, 2011
12 vs 11 votes to ban it? After just a day or two. Sounds like Brexit figures to me, started by an over reaction by one member.

There's nothing to police apart from if the anonymous posts are directly breaking normal posting rules, if they're not abusive and they're allowing someone to voice some kind of valid opinion securely, then why not? Lord knows there's plenty of contentious posts and divided and strong opinions from different camps on here. It's one of the main reasons I bother to visit this site. The issue here seems to be the overreaction from people taking offence to others using it in the first place, rather than addressing the contents of the anonymous post itself.

I find that the anonymous feature opens up a whole new set of unsportsmanlike behavior. Let's face it, the whole point of using anonymous is to complain without fear of repercussion. If you can't stand by your online Avatar's reputation, then you probably shouldn't say it. When they talk about the dark side of online behaviors, the anonymous feature is clearly in that category.

At the end of the day, anonymous behaviors encourage users to bring out the very worst without fear of repercussion. You can bring up difficult questions that challenge the status quo with your main account - that's part of what it means to participate in a multiplural and open society.

That may be the case in some cases, but definitely not all. TBH I had forgotten about the anonymous feature on here until this furor because it's only visible in the full post composition page and I rarely use that. If I had, I may have made many more posts voicing my opinion about certain things anonymously. Not to be angry or attacking or divisive, but because sometimes I do have very strong opinions on things. But I often bite my tongue or hold back because I don't want to offend or hurt peoples feelings or deal with the potential blowback. Perhaps I'm a pussy, whatever, I'm certainly not making a new account to post those thoughts, but sometimes you have to be frank and just put it out there and an anonymous account can be a good way of clearing the air and just being brutally honest.

I personally would have thought that would be beneficial on a forum like this. However if the admins make the decision to remove it then fair enough.

I do wonder how much more frequently or differently the feature would have been utilised if the UI to use it was more prominent, and it was available via the quick reply box too, so more users realised it was an option. Would we have seen more useful anonymous posts? Or more troublesome ones?

Shawn Gossman

Tazmanian Master
Dec 16, 2005
Personally, I've never seen this feature abused on TAZ but then again, I've been away for a while so maybe I missed something.

Paul M

Limeade Addict
Jun 26, 2006
Since the decision has now been made, this topic has become redundant. Time to close.
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