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...that as developed an intellect as most of the people who post to this forum have (or at least think they have), so many also have such an under-developed sense of humor. Lighten up. Maybe if some of the stuffed shirts would get their nose out of the air and realize how snobby they come across in so many of their posts, people wouldn't be drawn to poke fun at them. I, for one, find the prententious tone of some of the more frequent posters more offensive than the occasional off-color jabs at those posters. That's just my anonymous opinion.
I would vote NO.
Mensen die het engels niet zo goed beheersen en dus aarzelen om in het engels te schrijven kunnen toch af en toe een nuttige bijdrage leveren aan het forum bv door een interessante link te plaatsen.
Do you get what I mean?
pharding wrote: This board will be more meaningful and intersting if each poster is registered and lists a location.
Do not forget to let us know what actually happens i the end.
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I recently registered to take part in the chat room due to the fact that I'm very fond of FLW works and am proud to be associated with the conservancy. I however, see no reason why someone who chooses not to register should be disallowed to post as long as post are on subject, and follow all normal protocal parameters associated with any such chat room.
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The main argument for requiring logins is that you are likelier to get the kind of posts you describe if you make this rule.
Keep it open for all - I don't care to register but do like to occasionally read a post or write in a comment. By requiring registration you will keep a lot of interesting material from even being posted and scare some people away from the site.
I am the moderator of a listserve related to my 'day job.' We do not require posters to belong to the association that hosts the list, but we have some standards of on-line etiquette. We have blocked two people from posting in three or four years, because their tone was distracting to the list.
I think it is fine to let anyone post here, and encourage robust discussion, with one caveat, which would be needed regardless of whether one registers, or not. There needs to be a moderator who occasionally scans the posts and will remove any defamatory or possibly libelous messages.
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There should be more scrutiny of the posts, as long as strong opinion is not censored. It should be easier to participate than not, and better moderation is the antidote to requiring registration. The most opinionated posts, as well as those that might appear inane, often breed interesting discussion.
The easiest posts to challenge are those that intend only to criticize the poster, not the content of their post. This board will be diluted of interest and helpful information if anyone, perceived "snob" or not, does not post due to possible personal criticism. Who wants to be attacked for joining in?
Yes, we can all take it, but posts offering nothing to a discussion should not make it to the boards.
I agree stronger moderation would be a good idea.
Mandatory registration won't necessarily solve the problem..take note of "ball980" a user that registered on Dec. 9 2005; all 5 posts are inane sentences or phrases used as a vehicle to insert a link to a gambling site.
My concern over registration is the possibility of more spam to my address resulting from the registration.
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As pointed out several times, requiring users to register will not eliminate useless posts, but it will stop somebody from posting using somebody else's name... cough... my name... cough.
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So far this message board appears to have flown under the radar of people who might spam a board that allows annonymous posting. That can't go on for ever. Trust me, when the spammers find this place, you won't recognize it.
If people are required to register, there is a sense of community that is built. Even if we don't necessarily know each other's real identity, you build a reputation and personality on the board. That gives an element of credibility to the things that you say and the things that you contribute. That is totally lost when you have anonymous posts. I know many of the people on this board. I respect their desire for privacy. That privacy can be maintained while still allowing people to be a member of this community.
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I thought of another reason why it would be nice to be a registerred user. As a registerred user, you can go back and edit and sometimes remove your old posts. While this isn't something that you'd do often, it makes it possible to fix mistakes in a comment that you made.
That thought dawned on me because I was posting somewhere and accidentally hit "submit" when I meant to hit "preview". It was easily fixed because I registerred.
Registerred users have the ability to take discussions off-line without posting their e-mail address in the forum for all to spam. The Instant Messaging functionality of this message board software is good and easy to use. It doesn't work, however, for non-registerred users.
The advantages to registering are not in question, only the advisability of requiring registration. I have seen many sites that require registration, and the quality of the posts is far below this site. Try IMDb, for instance.