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I think it could take a private membership forum that's not publicly accessible to accomplish a real feeling of privacy. There are also certain intangible factors in different settings, making some environments seem more "protected" than others.
We all have a certain amount of anonymity now, that is, don't display private information on your sticky.
The coined "On the Internet, no one knows your a dog" still applies.
I think it would hurt the forum "group" more than help.
Privacy is the greater issue, and and stickymail works great.
>>but not be identified along with what you say
Information provided by people that don't wish to be identified with the information is suspect. In this particular instance regarding salaries I don't think the issue is one of identification, but one of societal protocol. Many people are taught that the public discussion of personal income is frowned upon.
Even in a "private" forum I doubt that a discussion of personal salaries would go far. In a discussion in which particulars are asked for, a discussion of generalities misses the point.
Back in "the old days", we used to have 1 section called a "wall", where people could post anon. It was a running convo almost like a chat room. Real ips and usernames would be tracked behind the scenes of course to prevent abuse. It also wouldn't have a "forum" or show anywhere. Just a link to an open running "post" for members. Say the last 50 messages left would be displayed in reverse order.
Many people are taught that the public discussion of personal income is frowned upon.
Coming from a military background, the top dog to lowest pup knew the pay scale of all others, although I do understand that "many people are taught that the public discussion of personal income is frowned upon".
However, what I can't fathom is why anonymity would change the cultural background from which you came from. If you agree with what you were taught, this shouldn't be discussed with or without anonymity.
Am I saying that a "wall" forum shouldn't be considered, no.
Just that any comment of controversy would fall in here and the moderators must now read between the lines.
IMO open forum isn't chat nor should it be.