Facebook (or similar) login isn't of much use to those of us who don't have (and don't want to have) Twitbook accounts ...
Just a thought: I was a member of an internet forum where they could ban particular IP addresses. I know it doesn't totally stop someone, but it means they would never be able to access the site again from their home or wherever it was from where they made the offending posting (well, that's how I understood it worked). It would certainly make life more difficult for those who were seeking to troll or flame.Sadly, anyone who is banned through mis-use simply comes back with a new anonymous account so that doesn't really work.
With my ordinary member's hat on, not speakinbg with official tMP authority, I agree with you Ian. If I think back to our early days, there was a lot of sarcasm and flippancy that certain current members would be constantly reporting. My personal feeling is that we should let things ride as far as possible, the drawback being that if things do then get out of hand, we can be accused of being heavy-handed.The biggest problem herte to me is that if anyone dare post a funny remark, a different opinion to the norm etc etc they are called a troll, some of these name callers are more trollish (is that a word ?) than those they accuse, and love nothing more than being able to wag a disaproving finger ! I beleive we should talk on here as we would in the pub with freinds, however, that is no where near good enough for the self appointed great and good on here. I wont name names, but they are obvious and will probable wag a ginger at this !
I have no problem speaking for myself, and am happy to debate and defend my opinions. However my opinions are not always in tune with the banding establishment, so I post anonymously to protect any band I'm associated with from potential backlash. You may think this overly cautious, but we've seen time and again there many 'interesting' senior characters in banding who are unusually quick to offence, so I prefer not to take the risk, however small.If you can't say things as yourself, don't say them at all, as your intention is open to suspicion.
As an example, both Mike Lyons and myself have been phoned and threatened with legal action in the past as a result of things posted under our own names on here (and this is a matter of record on a much older thread, so I'm not revealing anything by pointing this out). I can therefore certainly see why, if one were to want to say something a bit controversial, one might wish to avoid such threats, and for a while afterwards I seriously considered setting up a second, anonymous account and doing all my posting from that.we've seen time and again there many 'interesting' senior characters in banding who are unusually quick to offence, so I prefer not to take the risk, however small.
Maybe someone can set up a final goodbyes thread for those that are going to be leaving?Currently this is running not far off 50/50 so clearly not enough support for this idea to effect any change. Of course, a large number have already voted with their feet and disappeared from here and the current turnout on this vote is just 22 people but that's what they call democracy.