That's not true for a lot of people. All you have to do is look at one
of the political threads with a focus on news anchors for a general
For me, when Nahmie or David Eisan or Keith or a number of other
people I lend a lot more credibility to their posts (pousts, David)
than I do to a nameless hit-and-run poster with an alleged email
address of firstname.lastname@example.org whoever that might be.
Same with spelling, if you want to start another debate.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Perhaps, but the problem with being anonymous, is that it blurs you in
with all the _other_ anonymous people. The credibility hit is real.
And please don't top-post. It makes quoting in context difficult.
Is that any different from being blured in with all the people that post
with their full names? I think the credibility hit would be real if the
person reading an anonymous post needed instructions to pour you know what
out of a boot. That person would probably be suspitious.
George, my primary message was that you blur into every other anonymous
poster by being anonymous. My note about you top-posting is because
that also makes your communication less effective. See, I'd like to
include what I wrote, so that your response is in context, but it's
down at the bottom and unless I manually re-arrange things, it's
all upside-down, sideways, and backwards.
In your case, neither the message, _nor_ the messanger, seem to matter.
I'm not too hard to find, if you really want to talk to me, and I
really don't give a damn if my personality stands out here on the
wreck. I tried using an unmunged address and ruined a perfectly good
email address, so I won't do that again.
Only for johny-come-lately's. Go back 8 or 10 years and top posting was
the norm. If you are following a thread you tend to remember what was
said before and having to constantly scroll down is a pain in the finger
(insert an appropriate word to replace 'finger' if you wish) to read
replies. Replies within previous responses was always acceptable as it
Dave Hinz wrote:
Not at all. Top posting has always been looked down upon in Usenet for the
reason of following a discussion. Usenet has been around a lot longer than
Microsoft and it was Microsoft who introduced the top posting crap with
their poor readers. It has only been since the advent of Microsoft readers
that top posting has become the issue that it is today. But then again...
trimming has always been a considerate behavior as well. A concept that is
lost on a lot of bottom posters these days.
Bingo! I might also add that, despite all the p*ssing and moaning about MS
products over the years, I can't recall *any* reader that jumps to BOF in
the display. But I agree with LRod, I get really p*ssed scrolling through a
long post in a thread I have already read, which quotes every post, and has
a single word or sentence at the bottom. I'd rather top posters any day.
Is it your perception that because someone posts using an apparently
real name they are more credible?
I have no way of know whether your legal name is "Dave Hinz", nor does
it affect your credibility.
The *content* of your posts affects your credibility.
On Sun, 28 Nov 2004 09:57:28 -0600, Dave Balderstone
Well, they're certainly more _distinguishable_. email@example.com looks like
firstname.lastname@example.org looks like email@example.com and so on. And I would argue
that if one anonymous poster can't readily be distinguised from others,
that it makes that person harder to identify (recognize, if you will).
If you can't recognize someone, it's just "some guy said" quality of
advice, rather than "Dave Balderstone said...".
Well, it's David, actually, as I suspect yours is too.
No, but it decreases the value of the advice from "this person I have
dealt with for a while and who seems to be logical", to "some guy
calling himself " firstname.lastname@example.org". The thing with the anon
identities, is that they've all been used, and they all blur together
after a while. It's impossible to build a reputation when you're
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