Anonymous

When you post a comment, please give yourself a name, out of courtesy to the Brockley Central team and your fellow readers. It takes a couple of seconds to do, but makes conversations much easier to follow. There are people who've been posting here daily for years under pseudonyms, but we still don't know anything about their identity - so choosing a name doesn't compromise your privacy, it just a demonstration of good manners, which makes conversations easier to follow.


Thanks.

61 comments:

Ramble said...

I might be wrong but I think it is possible to get rid of the anonymous option!

Brockley Nick said...

sadly not, but thanks for choosing a name.

Brockley Nick said...

ps - not without forcing people to register, at least, which i don't approve of. people just need yo choose the Name / URL option and enter a name (no need for a URL).

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more! ;-)

A Nonnie Mouse said...

See it's not hard :-)

Me said...

I think I've got the hang of it

Anonymous said...

As an Anonymous myself, I see things from a different light. I know my posts are my own, and I know others are from other people.

When you contrast this against the regular bullying that happens towards certain members, it might shed light on why we do this.

Westsider said...

Anon that doesn't wash. You may know what you've said, but no one else does. Consider the wider community.

As for "bullying", the only people whose posts are regularly ridiculed are those who enjoy provoking people eg: hugh, catman.

The fact that they carry on year after year suggests they don't mind it. Enjoy it even.

We get this service for free, the only thing that's asked of us is that we provide some sort of name.

Miss Adelaide said...

I'm with Nick, but I reckon at least half the anon posters do it because to a non-computery person, it does initially look like you have to arse around with registering and usernames and passwords and all that palaver. The name/URL thing looked like something technical to me for a while, until I messed around with it suddenly realised what it meant. A shame that the blog template (not this blog's fault of course) is set up in this way .. if the second option was just Name or Pseudonym I'm sure most would do it.

Reg said...

I think anonymous is spot on with that bullying claim. Some time ago some residents of Manor Avenue were driven off this site in the most appalling way. Their 'crime'? They campaigned AGAINST a nursery. So,even though i agree with Nick's need to stop these anonymous postings, I can fully understand they other point. And it is one I have never considered.

Anonymous said...

As the original anonymous, that wasn't what I was referring to at all. Those Manor Ave people were wrong and NIMBYs of the highest order, and rightly in that instance got told where to go!

Anonymous Lou Baker said...

Yeah, I get bullied on here all the time.

Can't think why the anonymous lefty loonies and righty fruit-cakes would ever want to pick on me .. but still.

Anyway, let's start a campaign to save Anons from these mindless Brockley Central cuts.....

Mezzer said...

I think folks tend to make statements and opinions under the cloak of anonymity that they would never do under their own name. Many contentious postings are routinely made this way.

The thing is, you can still be anonymous, but really should at least use a unique moniker. To not want to even do this is the height of cowardice and disrespect.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I post under about five different names on here depending how contentious I am feeling that day.

I haven't used "right wing fachist" or "left wing trot" yet but you never know.

I am waiting for Mr and Mrs Jarse to come on and defend their son Hugh.

TM said...

Can't spell fascist either.........

Anonymous said...

I'm just using my Surname.

The Cat Man said...

I never get bullied - People are scared of me, thats why!

HRH The Duke Of Edinburg said...

I think you'll find that the height of cowerdice and disrespect is depositing a turd in the diana memorial fountain and blaming a small child.

Bea said...

Reg - funny you should write they felt bullied. I was sitting on the other side of the fence on that debate and felt bullied too, however, I continued to write under "Bea".

When I felt it got too personal (and slightly threatening), I just refrained from posting.

Ratag said...

Didn't realise about URL thingy. So sometimes posted as anonymous in past because google account wouldn't let me log on etc.

Ratbag said...

Didn't realise about URL thingy. So sometimes posted as anonymous in past because google account wouldn't let me log on etc.

Anonymous said...
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Call me Al said...

So... you can't think of a name then.

sad commuter to croydon said...

I shall try to use a name then from now on.

If anyone is interested in trying out the ELL and tram combi there is a free festival in Croydon on the 31st July

www.croydonsummerfestival.com

The Damned and the Lightning Seeds are on.

Edymous said...

I usually post as Ed but have chosen some hilarious (in my view) alternatives in the past; never anonymous. I think I posted as Sue Donim once...

Norma Snockers said...

and I'm only thixteen.......

Anonymous said...

I like being anonymous and remain utterly unconvinced by the display of false virtue shown here.

Why the best contribitions are often penned anonymously. Absurd nom-de-plumes have no connection with the quality of the contribution.

Mb said...

No but it makes a conversation hard to follow and impossible to see how your views work with an opinion you may have expressed on other issues.

Norfolk enchants / said...

/of raising a laugh for this one then, Anonymous of 19:05?

Miseryguts.

Who am I? said...

A made up name is still posting anonymously! You don't even have to use the same one every time.

monkeyboy said...

yes it is but if you use the same one each time it enables a conversation to be followed, see how it works?

Who am I? said...

Yes, I was actually agreeing with you.
I'm not the anonymous above.

monkeyboy said...

oh...yes. sorry. Now I'm confused.

(mind you I have posted the odd anon comment in the past so not squeeky clean)

Anonymous said...

All these silly monikers are just as confusing because people use several. Sometimes, I am sure, they have arguments with... themselves just to stir things up.

Do I detect a nervous shuffling of guilty feet at the back there?

TM said...

People may use several but at least they are all different.

Reg said...

2Bea. 'I was sitting on the other side of the fence on that debate and felt bullied too, however, I continued to write under "Bea".'

I thought you felt 'stalked' - even though you had submitted quite a bit of info about yourself? Though I recall that you felt felt threatened after this contradiction was brought up. i was confused that, and perhaps the instances where you have given a lot online about yourself may be better posted 'anonymous'. But that's only my protective instinct.

I must have missed the threatening bit, as I too followed that debate and your response did seem a tad over the top.

Anonymous said...

It would appear that'Anonymous' has a point then. Don't give yourself a name if you feel threatened, or unable to defend your position too.

Anonymous said...

I STRONGLY disagree.

Anonymous said...

I feel threatened that these posts can be traced back to me, and then read by someone who clearly wishes me harm.

Andy said...

Bea that as it may...
http://tinyurl.com/msgtjc

Bea said...

Reg - not to start the whole debate up again but...

- I felt hounded to provide the street I lived on in order to prove that I would not object to having a nursery there

- I refused to provide the street name due to a previous violent relationship I had been in and I did not want to be stalked by that person (although I did not post this information)

- I felt bullied because I said politely I did not want to provide that information at which point every post I had ever written on this blog was searched through and a correct assumption was made based on the parts of Brockley I post most frequently about (although I have never said specifically where I live)

Aka I felt bullied and threatened

I'm pleased Nick removed the relevant sections of that post

So, yes, I can see why using an anon may be easier but frankly using Bea or Anon makes zero difference in terms of who I really am (so long as my address is not provided at the same time!) - it just makes identifying the poster easier

Afterall, if I combined all the accusations I have received on this blog I would be a fat, Thai fisherman pants wearing, mung bean eater as well as a liberal, middle class yummy mummy.

Of the above I only claim to be liberal and middle class.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. Psudonyms are just another form of anonymity.

Monkeyboy said...

If you use the same name each time you can remain anonymous but people can follow a thread and your argument. Not a difficult concept surley?

Danja said...

I think of the anonymice as part of one organism, like one of those giant fungal mats.

anonymooo said...

Yes, perfectly easy to make up a pseudonym (a lot easier than typing the word 'pseudonym', I've just discovered) and it does help when responding to someone else's point (though you can easily call them 'anon @ 11.37' etc.).

Geeg said...

Thanks for pointing out the name option. I really thought you had to sign up for an account because I've never come across it before.

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Monkeyboy said...

Nick is asking, not insisting, that people give themselves a unique moniker. That's all.

There was a poster on here a while ago who seemed to want to discuss things "man to man" whenever things got a little feisty so a psuedonym is fine.

For the record I'm only 99% monkey but am a boy.

Reg said...

I'd certainly like to know why my post has been removed in response to correcting statements made by poster 'Bea'. This is after all about anonymous posters. But what of those who post with 'names', make all sorts of assertions when challenged, but are then protected bea/or via a moderator.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, 'Monkey', you've lost us.

Mel Gibson said...

'cos everyone is out to get you. Me and you Reg, AGAINST THE WORLD!!

Brockley Nick said...

@reg - because no good can come of reigniting this old, unsavoury and frankly preposterous argument. Let's all move on shall we.

Reg said...

And what of the 'moderator' who posts anonymously via various pseudonyms?

Brockley Nick said...

No i don't reg. when i think people are being preposterous, I say so.

Mel gibson said...

tell him Reg! I'll be flying over as soon as they give my passport back and undo the buckles on this jacket.

Reg said...

@BrockleyNick.

"because no good can come of reigniting this old, unsavoury and frankly preposterous argument. Let's all move on shall we."

I don't understand why you suggest pointing out a contradiction, a number of them in fact, is 'frankly preposterous'? Surely embarrassing, and something you have not picked up on> Who was it who said THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH, BUT ONLY WHEN OTHERS ARE MODERATED? Anyway... to bed.

Anonymous said...

BROCKLEY: Pensioner jailed for killing son in takeaway food row

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/8287305.BROCKLEY__Pensioner_jailed_for_killing_son_in_takeaway_food_row/

Well if you send someone out to get food in Brockley what did you expect them to bring back?

Sad story for the son.

R

Anonymous said...

the schools in foresthill that have a strong family members who work there needed to inspect as when inspection was taking place they all let the trouble children stay out of school.

Napoleoncwfu said...

Sorry, 'Monkey', you've lost us.

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