onocoffee wrote:Hey, I'm from America. I'm getting used to living in a Police State under a Dictatorship.
alistair wrote:Hey, my condolences, but look: we have about 150 members here and only 2 of them have said they don't like the rule 3 months after it was made.
jim_schulman wrote:One occasion when people might want to communicate anonymously, and when it also serves a legitimate purpose, is to either do some whistle blowing, or to advocate an opinion so unpopular and controversial that it could hurt her or his career.
jim_schulman wrote:Other than this classic "anonymous source" chestnut; I can't think of any non-defamatory motives for hiding ones identity. But if there are other good reasons, a policy of disclosing ones identity should make room for them.
nick wrote: ... That's why my vote, I think from the beginning, was for Alistair to close off (if only mostly) coffee.com forum to active members-only viewing and participation. Otherwise, our community becomes an MTV reality show of sorts, with all of this passion and emotion on display for anyone to tune in to. It sort of cheapens the value, in my opinion.
2) members-only posting and reading.
I will say that I have sometimes censored myself somewhat, because I know that many anonymous people have access to reading this forum. I would have been more frank on many subjects if I knew that the only people reading were on the coffeed memberlist.
td wrote:True anonymity is for those too weak to speak openly, or whose intentions are sleazy, outside of social norms or just downright nefarious. Pedophiles, pornographers, political operatives, social climbers and gossips all rely on anonymity to ply their dirty little trades. Is this how professionals should conduct business?
And what if that fictional employee lied?
Let me reiterate- those seeking anonymity in open discussions are either too weak (economically, emotionally, professionally, or personally) or have ulterior motives for hiding behind the curtain.
So, I ask again- Is this how professionals should conduct business?
td wrote:Fouthly, I get real confused when people seem to argue both sides of an issue. To those of you that have come down on both sides of this very simple issue: Do you not have an opinion? Do you just like to argue ad infinitum? Do you have such little faith in your own beliefs and opinions that they can constantly be swayed? How are the rest of us supposed to respect your opinions when they are so lightly held?
Finally, Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Stand tall, and stand by your words. Try and be clear, direct and succinct. This is how discussions are advanced. Professionals should conduct their business (including discussions) in an open and transparent manner.
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