The case for registered vs nonregistered users of this forum
Original post made by WhoRUpeople, another community, on Oct 22, 2010
Colleen raised a great topic; and I sincerely believe she did so out of a real desire to participate in a meaningful forum of idea exchange. Collen, I share your wish that this can be such a forum. Before the previous string was restricted, it was suggested that the way to achieve the goals expressed by Colleen was to limit the forum only to registered users (so that the editor could track contributors) I mean no offense to the Almanac, specifically, but for many people, the news media is not necessarily trusted as in the days of Walter K. To register is a giant leap of faith for some people who could otherwise contribute greatly to a spirited debate on important subjects. I, personally, am very careful about what I will or will not put out on the internet about myself. I won't join any of the social medias for that reason, and frankly worry about those who do. Do I have anything to hide? Sure. Am I a bad person? I'd like to think not. I am sorry that I feel the need not to use my real name, but I do have what I believe to be very good and honorable reasons. I truly envy people such as Colleen, Peter, Hank who don't have this issue. However, I would like to think that POGO, Anonymous, Truth, etc., etc. and myself can still be viewed as having opinions that are of value in meaningful dialogs/debates on subjects of importance to us all.