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    • Sun, Dec 21, 2008 - 04:50pm

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      alpha_omega

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      Re: Anonymity versus openness of identity in forums

    [quote=admin]About whether or not an avatar is appropriate … I’m not sure why you
    would think it would not be?  Chris is attempting to foster a true
    sense of community, therefore being able to identify one’s posts and
    information with a picture is certainly of value.  Maybe I’m missing
    something in the comment that you can clarify?[/quote]

    Sorry I have nothing against avatars.  They’re fun.  It’s a different direction from asking for real name and picture, that’s all.  There is a disconnect.  And I wanted a segue to my last point — put the crash course in second life.  The second life economy is an interesting financial laboratory.

    • Sat, Dec 20, 2008 - 01:56am

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      alpha_omega

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      Re: Anonymity versus openness of identity in forums

    1. The forum software is pretty good except it should verify that the e-mail address entered when registered is valid. This is done generally — and for almost all technical forums — by sending an e-mail to the address with a link which will complete the registration. IMHO this is a software bug.

    2. It is confusing when registering that you are given a username and a picture without up-front asking — or even suggesting — to use a real name in the forums. It is OK to ask posters to use their own names or require them but the site should be up front about it and not bury in a forum. The registration suggests — not intentionally maybe — using an avatar. You should think about whether that is appropriate for this site.

    3. Avatars are for sites like Second Life. Here’s an idea: you could give a seminar there. No, really. At least there they are actually making stuff for others to buy — with Linden dollars.

    4.I’ve got to get better opinions before I give out my real name.

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