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Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by ShawnTRods, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. ShawnTRods
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    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Well, I was thinking if its a good idea to ask a question on Ask GBAtemp anonymously.

    Maybe you want to know something, but dont want to be known?

    Maybe discuss a matter anonymously?
     


  2. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

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    That would be a really nice idea... But then we wouldn't be able to tell if said person is a bot or something.

    Unless the mods could do something about that. [​IMG]
     
  3. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    It would be good... until Sop or Alanjohn etc. come along...
     
  4. ShawnTRods
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    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Registered users asking questions anonymously?
    There are ways to avoid all that.
     
  5. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    I can easily see this being abused unless staff (only) are able to see who has posted a question.
     
  6. ShawnTRods
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    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    That woudnt be completely anonymous, but sure.
    Like, performing IP check or something if required.
     
  7. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    Sure, or a member ID number (again only visible to staff).
     
  8. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    Maybe something where staff would only check if they suspect spamming/trolling etc. But if they do check, all other staff can see that that staff member has checked. This would prevent staff from continuously nosing into people's privacy.

    Hope that made sense...
     
  9. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    We kinda have a system like this in place for forum posts that need checking (the purpose being to save others time from looking at reports that have already been dealt with).
     
  10. Evo.lve

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    So basically,

    Staff sees troll post
    Staff clicks "see author" or whatever
    Other staff can see that staff clicked "see author" or whatever
    ?
     
  11. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    yh, exactly what i mean.
     
  12. Rydian

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    Could make warn/suspend punishments double/triple for people who troll anonymously, to prevent people from doing it as a one-time joke when the feature first comes out.
     
  13. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    hmm yes, taking part of Rydian's suggestion we could just warn the member anonymously and have said warn be applied to that member's main account (without us knowing the name/id number of that person).

    Of course to prevent the dupe accounts I assume we could have a system in place where the username/id is shown to staff in the case of accounts that are newly created and/or have few posts. Perhaps even members who have previously been warned (say, 20% minimum).
     
  14. ShawnTRods
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    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Some good suggestions [​IMG].
    I am sure this function can be very handy/useful for bunch of 'tempers! [​IMG]
     
  15. ProtoKun7

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    Sometimes a bot is obvious purely from the content of the post.
     
  16. ShawnTRods
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    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Yes, and I actually didnt mean unregistered members being able to ask questions.
    Just an additional option to post questions anonymously.
     
  17. SinHarvest24

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    +1 First time i've heard of this idea and it's a pretty good one.
     
  18. .Chris

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    Yeah, I agree with you. This would be a nice addition to the Ask GBATemp.
     
  19. Ace

    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

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    Personally, I think that there should be a minimum post limit of about 50 posts to prevent abuse of the proposed function. 50 posts is hopefully not so restrictive.
     
  20. ShawnTRods
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    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    The question right now is, if people think its a good idea.

    I am sure there are many ways to keep that function useful without being spammed/abused.