Anonymous Posting

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:55 AM

Sometimes I wish blogging was a bit more like a forum. There's a few posts I might write if I could post them under a pseudonym or anonymously that I won't or can't post under my real name (yes, in case anyone ever suspected otherwise, I really am Tim Butler). I could start up a second blog, but that wouldn't have the same readers and blogging isn't anything, in my estimation, without the community of other bloggers and readers that comment.

When I use to be on some forums, on occasion I would create an alter ego to ask questions I couldn't have tied to my name. (For instance, I use to post on several web hosting forums and when I went to shop for a new web host, I didn't want my old one to know that I was asking about other hosts.)

For now, I'm stockpiling these entries in case I get a good idea what to do with them. Hmm.

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Re: Anonymous Posting
That's tough. And I have no good answers. As you might remember I tried posting with a password and got some angry responses to it. Guess you will just have to continue to stockpile.
Posted by Christopher - Dec 15, 2005 | 12:57 PM

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"I use to post on several web hosting forums and when I went to shop for a new web host, I didn’t want my old one to know that I was asking about other hosts" Unless there is more to the story then what you posted, which could very true, I don't understand why this is a problem. You are the customer and they are providing a service. If they do not provide the best "services" for the best price most people would find a better host. Its an open market I'm sorry but I don't see the problem. As for anonymity, I sometimes struggle with that as well. Balancing privacy with being vocal. Typically when this situation occurs I put aside the possible blog entry and come back to it. For me 90% of them get deleted because they were emotional outbursts that had no basis in facts. YMMV :mrgreen:
Posted by Mark - Dec 15, 2005 | 2:03 PM

Re: Anonymous Posting
One of the dead give-aways is IP address. I recommend you find or invest in an off-shore shell account, and post via some text browser. I use that method to bypass the public library's NetNanny when running my laptop on their wireless node. I just login to a shell account and surf from that server with lynx or elinks. Shell accounts are cool.:cool:
Posted by Ed Hurst - Dec 15, 2005 | 8:16 PM

Re: Anonymous Posting
Christopher: Ah, yes, I had forgotten. Mark: Well, that is true, but they can make your life miserable while you are deciding where to move on to. I didn't want them to know they were losing me as a customer until I had found my new "home." Ed: I think you are going a step further than what I meant. I was just thinking about starting up an anonymous blog, if anything. ;) I have used a different IP address before, however, for various testing purposes...
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Dec 16, 2005 | 6:58 AM

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I was referring to getting a shell account as your blog host. You see, the free shell I got offers 30MB of disk space, expandable upon reasonable requests. If you have a small blog app, you can run it as the homepage. This guarantees anonymity, because people visiting that blog couldn't connect it with you, since it runs on a different IP from your current server. The other stuff I mentioned was simply describing how I used it. Some blogware displays the poster's IP for all to see. If you blog from a text browser on the same server, no one would ever know the source. You could also use it to post under the same anonymous ID on other blogs.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Dec 17, 2005 | 1:18 AM

Re: Anonymous Posting
Ah, thanks, Ed. Not a bad idea. I'm not sure it is worth all of that though... especially since I wouldn't have y'all reading it. :)
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Dec 17, 2005 | 5:58 AM

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