You Are Welcome To Post Anonymously By Entering A Nickname With No Password

You Are Welcome To Post Anonymously By Entering A Nickname With No Password

Yes, you are welcome to post anonymously using a nickname or firstname with no password. Just say it graciously and know this isn’t the place for selling.

Go on. Feel free. You are welcome to post anonymously by entering a nickname with no password. No worries!

Except that we’ve just added 29 extra layers of security to combat spam for enlarging things that nobody else wants to see bigger, rolex watches made in Jamaica, and dietary supplements that make you lose 80 kg in a week (that’s equivalent to being decapitated and just keeping your head). It’s all part of the site policy. Which, sadly, isn't great if you're shy.

Trouble is, nobody wants to say anything. Not on the Web anyway. Could be traced. Could show up where you live. Even, whether you’ve tidied up around the house or not (reckon they’ve got spy satellites for that).

So when I say, feel free because you are welcome to post anonymously by entering a nickname with no password, no email, and no ID whatsoever, it makes people nervous. We’re used to being checked up on.  Like being asked how long you’ll be in the bathroom when the cars running outside and everyone is yelling, “Hurry up!”

Who wants their comment sandwiched between penis enlargement offers?”

Privacy has taken a massive kick in the guts. We all know that. You can’t even walk down the street without some bloody security camera checking up on you. Probably checking whether you’re wearing the same clothes you wore yesterday. Or, making sure you’re dressed warmly enough for a cold day. Actually, that's pretty nice of them really.

I try to smile and wave wildly at security cameras. Got to get my 15 minutes of fame.

Once on vacation, I tried that in the carpark outside the White House in Washington DC. I could tell it went down well because all the sliding doors on the security vans with blackened windows opened up at once and out poured 45 security officers. All looking at me and showing me their pistol collection. Showing me how to put my hands up in the air in case there was trouble. I thought it was a sign of  hospitality until they jumped on top of me. Took me a day to get bail.

But apart from that, being too anonymous just causes trouble. There are pests out there on Web. Trolls too. Back in the day, they used to live under a bridge. Waiting for ages until a bunch of goats appeared.

Nowadays, goats are in short supply. Hardly ever see them crossing bridges. Especially in the city.

So trolls have to go online. Because they’re goatless.

Which means passwords are good. And having a proper name rather than “It’s not me. I’m not called Mary Emerson. No way!" just confuses people.

So even though you’d think I was contradicting myself by saying you are welcome to post anonymously by entering a nickname with no password, I’m only just trying to get the attention of the extremely shy.

Shy people like to come to your blog and read everything, Then, they want to say profound things, which is good. Only, they then get embarrassed and don't want to register to comment. So in the end they don’t say anything.

Which is why we’re trying to reach out to the shy. We want to encourage each withdrawn, introverted, fearful, reluctant, afraid, nervous, and wary person to come out, register to comment, and say nice things.

Confusingly, that’s the exact reason we got rid of our policy that said you are welcome to post anonymously by entering a nickname with no password. Now, we ask everyone to say what their name is (and have a password too). That way, the deeply reluctant will feel the same old pain of having to register to share (don't want people to have it too easy). That would be a bit much. But on the upside, a bit of burdensome vetting can be a good thing. Stops your comments being sandwiched between penis enlargement offers. And nobody wants that!

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