Posted by Dinah on October 7, 2003, at 12:46:55
In reply to Re: Another proposal » Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on October 7, 2003, at 11:48:16
Further clarification. We already have a rule discouraging a poster from posting under two names at once. If it happens, you post "please choose a name and stick with it". The new rule could be discouraging changing identities, with exceptions being allowable with administrative approval (that puts you on the hook too Dr. Bob). So if you discover that someone has changed names (and I know that you won't always know, but if you find out) you could post a generic "please email me about a problem with your registration". At that point, if administrative approval is not forthcoming, you could post a "Please inform others when changing posting names." You wouldn't actually have to rat anyone out, any more than you currently tell us the identity of people who are posting while blocked. We have to figure it out the old fashioned way, but dividing the block by two, and seeing who was currently blocked for that period.
I know it's a bit more trouble for you, but I bet it would make for a more welcoming place for genuine newcomers, and would leave the rest of us feeling less betrayed by you.
And it would be interesting to see what you would consider to be exceptions. Personal safety is clear. But what about "I said and did such hurtful things before that if anyone knew who I was, no one would talk to me."