Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

the trouble with non-anonymous posting is that...

when you *really* want to say something you fear others will reject you for, it still has to be done anonymously.

this means that the other posters dont get as complete a coverage of the views of the regular non-anonymous posters as they do of the views of the regular anonymous posters.

its a real shame.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 21st, 2006
Agreed.
Permalink Almost H. Anonymous 
January 21st, 2006
So, you're saying the anonymous posters have more freedom to be themselves?
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 21st, 2006
They have more freedom to get out of themselves.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 21st, 2006
both.

everytime the non-anonymous wants to post something that they believe is going to be unpopular, or considerred negatively in some fashion by everyone else they tend to do it anonymously.
how unpopular it has to be to make them do it depends of course on the regular poster.


which means that as a regular watching the non-anonymous regulars I actually get less of an idea of their true characters overtime than I do of the characters of other non-anonymous people.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 21st, 2006
"than I do of the characters of other non-anonymous people."

should be:

"than I do of the characters of other regular anonymous people."
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 21st, 2006
The exception to the rule is, of course, Mark Warner. God forbid he ever needs to post anonymously!
Permalink Almost H. Anonymous 
January 21st, 2006
Are you including pseudonym posters with anonymous or non-anonymous?

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 21st, 2006
sorry philo, I dont understand the question?

Anonymous posters - posters whom we have no way of ever identifying based on the info they have given us.

Non-anonymous posters - posters whose workmates could identify easily if they happened to post here because they say who they are, or have links to their websites, or whatever.

Im anonymous :)

Mat Hall is not.

Philo is presumably in some murky grey area the existance I hadn't been aware of until he posted to this thread...
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 21st, 2006
...but on the whole I would assume that if Philo ever wanted to describe the extensive experience he has had cheating on his wife by shagging sheep in a back paddock I suspect he would use a new pseudonym to do so...
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 21st, 2006
Ha! You forgot two important facts!

1) My coworkers know me as "Philo" so it's not really a pseudonym anymore
2) They weren't she...

Uh, *one* important fact...

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 21st, 2006
I never post anonymously.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 21st, 2006
Where did the nickname Philo come from?
Permalink  
January 21st, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philo_McGiffin
Permalink Philo 
January 21st, 2006
You have no idea what you're talking about.
Permalink Regular 
January 21st, 2006
uh, who are you talking to?
Permalink Philo 
January 21st, 2006
Does it matter? You'll never get to know the real me anyway.
Permalink Regular 
January 21st, 2006
Sure of that?

http://www.unrealid.com/what.html
Permalink You know who I am, why do I bother 
January 21st, 2006
Fair enough. On the flip, much of the time I fall to a pseudonym to protect my virtual identity here. You may all know my real name, but it could just as easily by a fake name. Nonetheless I fear ruining my rep with the crowd here, rather than real-life acquaintances. Thus the same motivation may apply even for people who we've only ever known by a bogus name.
Permalink ,..., 
January 21st, 2006
" Nonetheless I fear ruining my rep with the crowd here"

ye gods. if it helps any you dont have a rep. you just dont post anything interesting enough to warrant it.

...which is the danger with hiding your true opinions about things of course...
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 21st, 2006
So you're saying that even with a pseudononymous identity, there's a desire to keep it consistent.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 21st, 2006
I can't see that I'd say something anonymously that I wouldn't say with my name on it.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 22nd, 2006
> Anonymous posters - posters whom we have no way of ever identifying based on the info they have given us

I don't think such an animal exists. I might not "sign my name" but there has been a lot of identifying material in my posts over the (*gulp*) years I have posted on JoS. A friend once spotted one post in particular here and said "Hey, did you write this?"
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