Very simple update this Community to Require Real Names and Call Signs to post or comment.
In cases where FRS doesn't know the person a verification process might be needed as well.
- Reduction in Trolls
Ability to follow up with a poster/commenter
Limiting persons to one community ID
Doesn't get much simpler than this.
So don't fan the fire...ignore the trolls and have fun with the best radio on the market. Soon to be even better with 1.4.
Troll comes from the strong indications that the person's web interactions would be less provocative if they couldn't hide their identity.
BTW there is nothing wrong with censorship. We do it all the time in every aspect of our life.
I cannot envision why anyone would need a cloaked persona in a public community like this - perhaps those who see it as a need could explain when it would be needed.
In the few instances where very public figures are involved in certain private forums/groups I participate in, we handle those with a courtesy identity. What has happened is no secret to the moderators/owners and a somewhat open secret to certain insiders, but is designed to give a "stage name" to persons who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the interaction as "just a member."
These rare circumstances would be less common here, as with a call sign you are not afforded an anonymous participation.
Nothing that couldn't be worked out in way to avoid the present situation.
Give it up guys, it's not going to happen. I've seen people on here who don't have a ham license, but are interested in Flex radios. Do you think Flex should shut them out just so you can threaten other hams who make a disagreeable(to you) post?
Flex already has the ability to handle the nuts just like every other forum host on the internet. Delete the account and associated posts/threads, and ban the IP range.
In this particular case, I question who the nut is: ConeHead - who is tired of waiting for v1.4 and posted a vent of steam, or some of you - who are asking Flex to give you his identity.
The greater problem in this and other amateur radio forums is the insatiable obsession many hams have to measure the length of each other's coax.
Troll or not, agree with a post or not, part of the amateur code (and I hope also the Flexer code), is decorum and respect.
Grandma always told me "never suffer fools." Which meant to her, "Life is too precious. Don't waste time arguing over stupid stuff." I gave up that in junior high school.
So if a person has a gripe, I will listen. If there is something for me to to learn, great. If I can assist someone else with some good information, wonderful. If I discover that they are just making trouble, I exit and don't waste my time. I don't need to "teach them a lesson" or engage them on a negative level. They won't hear me anyway and it just makes my blood pressure go up.
While I am always ready for a good debate on the issues, I try never to make it personal. it's just not helpful. If someone is a troll looking for a fight or craving for attention, then isolation, not conflict, is the solution. Denying them what they crave is the better punishment.
But then there is that coax measuring thing. If I can't resist fighting with a troll, it says more about me that about him, doesn't it?
While I always find it more helpful to know someone's call when they post, I respect the right of individuals to their own real or imagined sense of security. I also know that there are many who are not hams, or not Flex owners yet, who may be just looking, or lurking, and may not want to be identified at present.
Self control is more important to me than list control.
Let's get back to the fun. 1.4 is on the way!
Ken - NM9P
Whats the point of requiring a verification process for anonymous posting. Why not let them post and force all their unidentified posts into a new community category "Anonymous Ranting, Whining, and Troll Speak", and not allow such postings to be linked into other categories. Or require Name/Nickname and Callsign. Any poster that really needs anonymity, to be assigned a community ID of TROLL/ANON##, certainly 99 Trolls is enough. It could make moderating the community easier, watch that category carefully, let the community watch the rest. It might also be useful to provide a method of earning the title of Troll, perhaps a 3 strike law. On the 3rd instance revoke their accounts and let them reapply for the TROLL/ANON## ID or just go away. (Whatever happened to old Fred? Oh yeah! Fred, He's gone off to live with the Trolls) Maybe also a method to regain privileges. If they learn their lesson and are truly reformed, and can find 2 other members that will vouch for them, with the understanding that those that vouch for them also loose their privileges too, should they lapse.
The existing community rules are good enough when people play nice, Tim has a hard job. Keeping existing customers happy, while not driving away new customers but I think he gets paid something for his trouble. Whatever it is, it's not enough.
My fellow community members be grateful for the freedom you currently possess, be grateful enough to keep it. Reward the good, punish the bad, learn the difference. Participate when you can. We'll leave the light on for you.
1.4 is almost upon us, let's earn it.
Oh yeah! its free, like in freedom.
We also do not want to erect any barriers to participate in the Community, so we have chosen to allow members to use any screen alias they choose within reason and not require last names or callsigns. Some people are very concerned about privacy and we do not want to alienate those members either. Yes, this can result in some consternation at times where one may think a member is hiding behind an alias and that is your choice, but since it isn't a requirement in the Community, refraining from ostracizing members who chose to do so shows respect for their choice as you would want your choices respected.
Do these same anonymous posters go on the air without a callsign? There is a far greater chance of them being identified in the spectrum than on a small forum.
Maybe allowing such poster to read and not write. The thought would never occur to not sign my name to anything I write.