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#1 trout

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 08:54 PM

As recent postings containing derogatory elements slanted towards an individual posting within particular forum - "Shetland News" - , it has been decided to restrict this forum to only those users who have registered with Shetlink.

This particular action has been taken, as the mission of Shetlink: to be an easily accessible tool to connect people and garner open debate on issues concerning Shetland, can be attained to a higher level if the issue with "Guests" postings with absolute anonimity is removed.

This decision is based on the postings within particular threads in this forum.

[Plain English: If you have something you want to say - Register!]

#2 Pooks

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 09:26 PM

Wahey!

Sorry.

I personally think that this was a long time coming. It is a good sign because it proves that Shetlink has got to the stage that there is enoough interest to justify registration. I can understand that there are many people out there in positions of 'trust' that cannot give their identity but there are far too many that would rather abuse the anonymous status than make use of it. I sincerely hope that those that would have otherwise used an anonymous guest posting, register under a anonymous name and continue useful debates to the Shetlink community.

#3 Njugle

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 10:13 PM

No-one has ever suggested that registered users must provide any personal info, but it is only fair for the forum in this case, to protect those who have been happy to reveal their identity, to allow an open debate, from personal abuse from anonymous posters.

As with most things in life it is easier to find problems than to find solutions, and easier still to find fault with those who try.
Easiest done, least rewarding.

#4 DavieG

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:37 AM

As recent postings containing derogatory elements slanted towards an individual posting within particular forum - "Shetland News" - , it has been decided to restrict this forum to only those users who have registered with Shetlink.

This particular action has been taken, as the mission of Shetlink: to be an easily accessible tool to connect people and garner open debate on issues concerning Shetland, can be attained to a higher level if the issue with "Guests" postings with absolute anonimity is removed.

This decision is based on the postings within particular threads in this forum.

[Plain English: If you have something you want to say - Register!]


Well done guys.

#5 Wheesht

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:54 AM

Will this not hinder debate?

Perhaps some people like the anonimity. They are most likley at work.

#6 McFly

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 08:14 AM

Will this not hinder debate?

Perhaps some people like the anonimity. They are most likley at work.


To be honest Wheesht, I think the thing that does most to hinder debate is anonymous posting.

It's already been said elsewhere, but all you end up with is a messy, hard to follow list of one liners and occasional insults which puts everybody else off properly reading the thread.

I think this can only be a good thing.

#7 Old Sea Dog

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:31 AM

Excellent move.

#8 BigMouth

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 06:42 PM

Well done. This is what the forum needed.

#9 Gandhi

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 08:53 PM

Good show.


Perhaps some people like the anonimity. They are most likley at work.


It is still anonymous. Do you think my name is really Gandhi :roll: ? You dont have to give out any personal details when you register. If you are really concerned about your secret identity being revealed you could even set up a false email address for the purpose of registration :twisted: . Then all you will leave behind is your IP address.

#10 HacksawDuggan

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:14 PM

Do you think my name is really Gandhi :roll: ?



A wiser man than Gandhi :)

#11 BigMouth

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 10:23 PM

Then anonymize the IP !!

Or just own up to who you are

#12 turrifield

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:41 AM

tip top idea old chaps if you are not prepared to own your own statements you shouldn't make them.

#13 Twerto

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:51 AM

even IP addresses can only be gained by court order.. so if you anyone gains it otherwise you can sue them to high heaven :)

#14 trout

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 12:01 PM

even IP addresses can only be gained by court order.. so if you anyone gains it otherwise you can sue them to high heaven :)


Not sure where you're going with that? Yes, if the police/courts require a servers logs - they can order the server owner / site owner to provide them the relevant information.

Don't forget that EVERY single site you ever visit on the Internet leaves your footprint behind. Just by visiting a site you are giving them your IP information and any other information that they may chose to pull from you - screen size, screen depth, operating system, browser, etc etc ... the list is quite massive! They are perfectly within their rights to do this - as well as drop cookies on your PC without your knowledge and garner further info by doing this too ... thats "the way of the web".

It is for this reason that people should get as great an understanding as possible of aspects of Internet security so as to keep themselves "safe" - as there are more than a few rougue website owners! Even sites you may consider "safe" - pull info about you and serve you advertising based on cookies with your browsing "preferences" (i.e. which sites you visit) - all of this happening without you realising!

#15 Twerto

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 01:16 PM

I was only sayign that.. there seems to be a huge amount of people worryed about their identity been given away by an IP address.. I was mearly stating that if someone does that without your consent then that person is breaking the law.. unless it is the law that is asking for it through the proper means.. so there are no excuses not to register...

and there goes another whittling crap post from me :oops:

#16 jeemsie

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Posted 14 April 2006 - 04:56 PM

aye, dinna see whit the fuss is about, onywan ken wha i am? didna think so, even if you hae an inkling i'm nae bothered, only a sporadic poster onywye :tmbup;