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Is linking to Facebook or another social network that uses real names a viable option? Could I sign in with my FB identity?
"Typedrawers is a genuine identity forum." is really more to the point I would think.
And show fake names to the public?
Here in Germany online forums (or any online service providers) are actually required by law to give people access to their service without requiring them to use their full name. It’s a means to insure the freedom of speech and to protect people’s privacy against the misuse through the service provider or any other entity with access to the content.
I run an online forum with 10000 users and deal with privacy concerns on a daily basis. I respect the privacy concerns and requests of my users and in the same way I hope that you guys can respect my view on this, even though you might not share it. Snarky comments like I might “reconsider using the internet” are not very helpful in this regard.
And my opinion and long-time experience with running a forum is, that a “thoughtful, respectful, and honest discourse” depends on the actual people taking part in a discussion, as well as a quick and thoughtful moderation when tensions among those people arise. It doesn’t depend much on whether the discussion and/or the real names are private or public. So I don’t see much benefit in actually forcing public exposure of real names.
That does of course not mean that I am not willing to stand by what I say. I simply want a choice upfront, what content and data of mine will get available to whom. And therefore I am more comfortable having certain privacy options available to me, like they are required by law here in Germany and normal on all the other sites I use on a daily basis.
When they are not available—like on a U.S. based forum—I will simply have to weigh my personal pros and cons. To me, the benefit of Typedrawers was the in-depth discussion among colleagues – like a permanent online AtypI meeting. But if we sit on a table and talk at AtypI, I don’t need to have cameras rolling all the time, recording anything and putting it online. I don’t see a benefit in that. To me, that talk is between those people and there is of course a benefit in knowing those people I talk to. That’s why I like the real name restriction in general, I just don’t like forcing this data to be public today, forever and without a way to opt out of it. To me, this feels like an unnecessary disavantage of this forum.
I understand that my view is not compatible with the way this forum is run and how the other users like it to be run, so I will leave then in peace. No problem.
James, please make this move final by actually deleting my account.
I have no problem with names for members, and an alias for the rest.
So, is there any way for me to cancel my account on here? I think I looked everywhere in profile/account settings but couldn't find a way out.
I like David's suggestion of generic "member" numbers.
So, I have a question about this policy - the "@name" way of replying to people is broken when a space is used in their usernames, as this post demonstrates.
Can this be solved?