Warning -- long post. Comes in four parts:
|... rather see stop in order to prevent disruption. But I believe the disruption caused by "masked" usernames can be minimized to the point that we can have the cake and eat it too.|
But you offer no way to have the cake and eat it too. I do.
"search for member's posts" -- means nothing more than a very cheap way to almost hide your username from people, and keep it out of the hands of someone who may innocently wish to see it because they cannot even remember the name.
|Thread subject tags could prevent people from having to search for usernames. Which is the wrong thing to do, because usernames have nothing to do with the content of the post you're looking for. In addition, they may be changed at any time.|
Yes, this would be very useful -- but it is not workable.
You want users to do extra work to post a question?
It is not unusual for multiple needs to be met under a different premise, making even a
functioning tag system less useful at finding
content as it would be at hiding
You keep asserting this -- at odds with testimony from others (and from natural sociological
law): a name absolutely does
have something to do with content. The very meaning of that
content may be understood differently based upon the speaker/writer. The trustworthiness
of the advice and code snippets are predicated on the prior art of said user. The choice of
algorithm or point of view depends on the user.
Eliminate the user and you have no basis for understanding content. For example, here is a useful conversation where point of view meant everything
(BTW, care to guess how I found it on the internet?)
Knowing Grey Wolf
's point of view certainly puts this next thread in context, no? http://www.cplusplus.com/forum/lounge/62708/
Not knowing his POV leaves hapless readers lost about the commentary that follows his posting.
Should he now get mad at us all and disable his account leaving us with some large alphabet soup instead of his name -- then it would certainly remove a great deal of value from all he said and what can be learned from it.
Moreover, users who recognize him as intelligent and useful would also be denied the ability to go back and find more of his commentary on any
subject -- His knowledge and expertise would be effectively marginalized.
|I want the account deletion feature to stay as it currently is, because I think that if people are allowed to add their username to a forum, they should be allowed to remove it as well. Similarly to how they are allowed to edit their posts to gibberish, to cover up having asked for help online.|
Well stated, yet we already know this. Unfortunately, just because you take it as a wonderful feature is not a valid reason for everyone else. The irony!
First and foremost, you are arguing against a power you would still
have -- as has already been noted several times, eg:
|If someone wants their account to be hidden they could always just change their username to something random themselves.|
Secondly, I forgot about that annoying edit feature. I'll have to edit my first post to add
it as an annoying creature (and a potential solution).
having cake and eating it too is an expression of contradictions
You argue that you ought to have exclusive right to who reads what you wrote on a public forum, when they read it, and when you can revoke that information from others. You sound like a DRM exec. If you had the power to erase information from an individual mind, would you do that also?
I think that if you go out in public then you have no right to force others to forget it. You already gave your consent to others reading your material by registering and posting it -- on a forum you don't own -- don't control -- didn't copyright --
And you have ignored the ramification that our usernames themselves are made up
. How many people have bothered to actually look at my profile? Without doing it, would you actually know my name? Where I am? Could you tell me anything
personal about me outside of what I have revealed under my username
You can not.
This is my second attempt to figure out why you object so strongly to being able to accurately see the past as it was.
Are you afraid that an employer (current or future) will discover you are posting instead of working?