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The case for registered vs nonregistered users of this forum

Original post made by WhoRUpeople, another community, on Oct 22, 2010

I was just reading what I thought was the beginning of a very useful dialog in a posting started by Colleen Anderson about the issue of whether or not this forum should be restricted to only registered users and whether it is good or bad to allow posters to communicate anonymously. I was disappointed to see that the dialog was shut off for some reason(not at all sure why, but that isn't the purpose of this posting).

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.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

WhoRUpeople -

I agree with you, of course.

There are lots of reasons to remain anonymous.

Just look at the threats that some people have received (including me).

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Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

In a perfect world we would agree to disagree to the facts. I know people don't always get along, but I do know I love this town with all my heart & soul. I love a number of the people in it, and would trust them with my life. I found the love of my life in this town & over two decades later I cherish everyday I have with him. He is the best man I have ever meet. Living my childhood years surrounded by death & cancer it has thought me to cherish every day with someone you love. The bashing I have found isn't predictive. I understand why people do not use there real names, but I don't understand when you are trying to get you point across why the bashing. For me it seems counter productive. I want to hear everyones point of view. Bashing only makes me think less of what they stand for. Again Atherton is the most amazing place i have ever lived. I am so sad to see what is going on within our town. I think that sums it up. If I die tomorrow I know in my heart I will have tried to bring peace, and fairness to my home I love so much. Corrections need to be made in our town. People need to be held accountable. Lets find out who and move towards harmony. Until we find truth it is harder to find harmony. Some people suing the town are only trying to find truth so we can find harmony. lets not fight about it. Let's all get together and fight for finding truth. Pray for our town & everyone in power. Pray for truth & fairness for all. This is our town. This is one of my true loves.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Dear Ms. Anderson. What a great post! You speak like an honest human and with a politeness not even inferred by those who find anger in either registered of nonregistered users here.
What I do know, is that there is a little too much "clubbish" stuff which eliminates comments that Gibboney, some editor, or an ALAMANAC staff member chooses to remove if I happen to question their validity even though I NEVER have been questioned for mine.
The way you handle yourself is sublime and does make its points because you have major issues that are not related, but each so important to all of us on the ALMANAC online site.
I have stopped mentioning names and have never spoken about the PROOF I do hold against corruption. That is when I may go off track and then quickly removed.
As you know, ONE topic can meld into another, but it does NOT justify its removal. All I can say, is that I salute you and a lot of people who are getting exasperrated by having their words erased,not allowed or permitted and it is not just.The "Law" works in many ways for all of us.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I am going to "rest my case" on this subject. Yet another thread, where evidently the dialog was not going in the direction to the liking of the Almanac, was suddenly closed to all but "registered" user (anonymous or not). Just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get me--don't know who first said that, but so true. The thread I am referring to is the one headlined, "Five former on T". Was allowed to be posted without restriction, first few comments were also supportive of a "no" vote, then a few went the other way--suddenly, registered users only. I realize in this day of cyberspace, my identity can be easily tracked, but I refuse to be forced into registering in order to participate in what should be open debate.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

In the past few weeks, I have had two different sheriffs come by my property and leave notes saying "stopped by to check on you". This has never happened before to me ever.Especially with a shortage of police these days.
My immediate reaction was that it was a way of intimidation that was done in a subtle way. I blame no one specifically, but do understand your paranoia especially when you wish to remain anonymous.
More than my criticism of different issues, I do mention proof of corruption in the county which is on record with my attorneys.
Since there is no place to enter a forwarding, I also photograph what I write to have it on record and then email it because of past issues with COUNTY officials.Unfortunately,ALMANAC holds the deck on their criteria of what is said. It is difficult to say what you want or it is removed saying it is OFF TOPIC or "namecalling".

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