anonymous or not?

By jsd2005 Latest Reply 2009-03-26 12:33:00 -0500
Started 2009-03-26 02:04:10 -0500

Just wondering why anyone would feel the need to post anonymously. With the set up of your profile and user name, you are pretty much anonymous anyway. Seems like a cop out to me. None of the anonymous comments are any good anyway. So, why post, why bother?

Any others with ideas or input?

12 replies

TRKnight2007 2009-03-26 09:15:25 -0500 Report

There is yet another reason to post as Anonymous. Some health issues may be more sensitive and private. For instance, I have met all of you here through a common bond of diabetes. However, I may also suffer from other conditions such as herpes, erectile dysfunction, etc. You get the picture. Since there may be complications associated with having these conditions + diabetes, I may want to post questions to get answers from my community friends. I agree there always going to be people who use Anonymous for their own reasons, but remember we are all here for the same reason. Love you guys :)

BeckyJ 2009-03-26 12:33:00 -0500 Report

Great point. I personally have been hesitant at times to tell people some personal things about myself but felt that in the end it's just me, deal with it. Others may not feel that way. They may feel more secure as an Anonumous voice. I have also noted that some people on the site can be pretty critical of a differing opinion and have the option of Anonymous gives us the option to be truly honest. That's what we're here for right? Give em a break people. If you don't like the response, ignore it and move on. There's so much to learn and share here it doesn't help to be negative about anything. Try to keep the waters calm. Love ya all…even the Anonymous ones. Becky

rbergman 2009-03-26 09:08:12 -0500 Report

It is bad enough to bring this up in 1 discussion but 2 of them in the same day on the same subject????? What is this site becoming if we have nothing better to do than to pick on someone who chooses not to use a nickname or a picture. As I said in the other post you created on this same subject I post as rbergman and I have pictures on my profile, how do you know those are my real kids and that the name I chose has any meaning to it. None of us know anyone else here we are all just people on a website discussing diabetes…or so I thought that was the purpose here, clearly you don't see it that way.

MeiMei 2009-03-26 09:00:53 -0500 Report

As I said in another discussion, with all of the computer predators out there who could hack into any system these days, I think anonymity is ok. I respect those who wish to remain anonymous. Who ever you are your input is respected on this web site whether you are anonymous or not.

2009-03-26 11:30:12 -0500 Report

That is something I worry about all the time; I only have this community and a myspace page for family, and logged on to it this morning and was alerted of a critical threat and virus; I had to secure my computer immediately.
I do not answer anything from anyone I don't know or anything forwarded.
You have to be aware of the world around you on the computer to protect your privacy and all accounts the best you can.
You know, it is kind of like woman that have been victims of violence; they need to hide, and this is an excellent way to do that. Don't condemn what you don't know.PLease

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-26 07:48:33 -0500 Report

I agree with Claudia and with Judy. Those who post as anonymous are not always rude or negative. Sometimes what they have to say is very accurate, but they realize it probably will not be popular with some on the site and they prefer not to be bombarded with messages, etc. Anyone has a right to post anonymously, although I would hope it would always be thoughtful and mature, not nasty or accusatory, etc.

Folks need to remember too, that there are various reasons for posting anonymously, not just to offend or hurt people. I have read some comments posted to "anonymous" that appear the writer doesn't realize there is more than one "anonymous". Anyone can use this feature.

2009-03-26 08:30:14 -0500 Report

I agree with Claudia, Judy and Diane. It's a personal choice for posting anonymously. Maybe they are trying to not hurt your feelings but get their point across. Diabetic Connect is a place for me to learn, not to have a discussion like this. Many good friends and great members have left because of things like this. I need DC and adore the friends I have here. I wish the best for you. You do what's best for you and try not to dwell on the way DC is set up. I personally think the people who worked so hard to set up this site did a wonderful job. Take care, Angie

2009-03-26 06:46:20 -0500 Report

Personally, I think that this is the type of post that causes the problems here on the site. Everyone is different with different needs and thoughts AND everyone has the right to comment under whichever guise they choose. If you don't like the feature of posting anonymously then bring your opinions to those that run the site. But please don't cause more controversy than is already present here on Diabetic Connect with this type of comment.
Many have left, many have returned, many stay anonymous, it's a matter of choice.


jsd2005 2009-03-26 07:34:38 -0500 Report

I'm just saying we're already pretty much anonymous. doesn't matter fi that's what they choose. I just think it's the cowards way out. Speak up, speak loud and have a voice.

Bailey - 33038
Bailey - 33038 2009-03-26 02:35:24 -0500 Report

I agree. This site is great for voicing opinions, ideas, and information with complete anonymity. If someone is afraid that their comments might offend or hurt someone they know then maybe they shouldn't say anything. Just me opinion.

2009-03-26 05:18:57 -0500 Report

I have been here for over 9 months and there are many who post as anonymous and not all are negative. They are people just like you and me who have problems to deal with and do not wish to be known for private reasons. Does that mean they should not ask or reply to questions.
With all the computer hackers and things that go on I should have done the same thing. Now I am fighting a losing battle because I was not afraid to say who I was, and will only post when I feel necessary. This is necessary.
I totally disagree with this post