1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Metabunk requires registration before posting. This is for several reasons, there are benefits for all involved:
    1. Identifying who said what - if two people start posting as "Unregistered", then it can get quite hard to follow who said what. You can edit the "Unregistered" name when posting, but people don't, or they do and then forget next time, or they use a different name.
    2. Speed of posting - "Unregistered" posts needed to be individually manually approved. This can take up to 12 hours, depending on what time it is, and who is online. Once you register, and after your first posts are approved, then all posts will instantly appear. This also reduces the workload for site moderators.
    3. Avatars - "Unregistered" gets a default avatar. When registering you can pick a unique avatar that helps identify who said what. If you don't add an avatar after registering, then one will eventually be picked for you, based loosely on your user name.
    4. Avoiding spoofing - If you post as "unregistered" then someone else can come along and pretend to be you. After registering, then only you will be able to post with your user name
    5. Email notifications - You can optionally get notifications whenever there is a reply to a thread you posted in. Or you can manually subscribe to any thread. This saves having to check for responses
    Email address for Registering

    You do need a valid email address to register. If you wish to remain anonymous, then I suggest you use a temporary email address at a service such as Gmail, or any other free email provider.
    https://mail.google.com
    https://www.guerrillamail.com/

    If you do not get the verification email after registering, then check your spam folder, or email me at metabunk@gmail.com with your username, and I will verify you manually.

    Choice of User Name


    • I strongly suggest you use your own real name.
    • Do not pick names that cannot be used unambiguously as names in a sentence, like "after" or "facts"
    • Do not use a sentence for a name, like "seeking the truth" or "it's all a lie"
    • Check that you can put your name where X is in this sentence "I think X makes a good point", and it makes sense.
    How to Register:

    To register, there's a link in the top right of each page, or click here:
    https://www.metabunk.org/login/
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    Last edited: Apr 13, 2015
  2. FuzzyUK

    FuzzyUK Member

    How about showing IP numbers with posts?
     
  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    There's a privacy issue there. I prefer people just register.
     
  4. FuzzyUK

    FuzzyUK Member

    Ok, so why not make it an essential requirement to register before posting? My experience of unregistered posters on other forums is that they can often have something to hide and give you the run-around.
     
  5. Landru

    Landru Moderator Staff Member

    Mick lets people post unregistered for a time to ease the entry process. People have heard all manner of things about metabunk and their Mossad agent shill/leader. The unregistered posts are manually approved to eliminate trolling. When people have posted a few times Mick prods them to register. Either they are comfortable with the process by then to register or are still afraid and move on. The politeness policy reduces the flame wars that exist on other sites. At least that is my impression.
     
  6. FuzzyUK

    FuzzyUK Member

    Thank you Landru - that seems like a reasonable philosophy and approach to newbies.
     
  7. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    What Landru said. :)

    It's not a huge problem, but I might switch to a no-unregistered-posts model if the site gets more popular.

    Or recruit more moderators.
     
  8. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I've decided to try requiring registration to post. We'll see how it goes.
     
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