Quote: Originally posted by Geoff on 02 September 2004
"hiding their true identity behind some witty(?) pen name."
Geoff - I agree with your post completely apart from the above statement. My true identity is Mike (bit like Geoff - not memorable) and, even though I have declared my identity, you, and everyone else, are none the wiser as to who I actually am. However, most regulars know of Jedi and will have formed their own opinions as to the quality, or otherwise, of my posts. These are only pen names and are not intended nor used to hide anyones true identity.
Although some would consider it a draconian measure, Nathan and the moderators have the power to banish persistent offenders from the site - irrespective of their pen name. They also have a reasonable idea of who they are via their email addresses and, if needs be, could trace them via their email service provider. An attempt at controlling the anonymity issue was dealt with recently by Nathan in no longer allowing unknown guests to post on the forum.
I know personally how worried Nathan is regarding the threats to him, his family and his business - I was in Corfu recently and spoke to him just after three heavies called and threatened him regarding adverse comments made on the forum.
Steve is also correct (In his post on the 'Important - Before you Post' thread)when he points out what a mammoth undertaking it would be for anyone to try and substantiate any claim, good or bad, made by others. We also have a recent classic example of getting it wrong in a newspaper article about Gouvia where the author invented an opinion to fit a pre-determined editorial attempting to decry that area of Corfu - she got it so wrong as to verge on the unbelievable and I'm surprised the local businesses and residents didn't try and take some remedial action against the publishers. I'm afraid that if subscribers to the site cannot regulate their comments correctly within the criteria given, then Nathan and the moderators will unfortunately have to do it for them. They have my full support.