1994-08-09 - (fwd) Re: Anonymous posters & Misinformation = Net pollution

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From: wix@eskimo.com (Dennis Wicks)
Subject: Re: Anonymous posters & Misinformation = Net pollution
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In article <32253p$220@news.u.washington.edu>,
McDaniel <mcdaniel@u.washington.edu> wrote:
>The problem:  Anonymous posters supplying pseudo-news reports or
>otherwise wasting bandwidth in groups more concerened with fact
>or atleast genuine concerns (such as political talk groups and
>sci groups.)
>The soultion: Limited anonymous posters to forums where accountability
>for what one says is of little concern (such as rec groups where
>applicable.)   OR provide the owners of moderated groups with detailed
>accounts of the true identity of any anonymous poster who post to
>a serious newsgroup and make that procedure known to the would-be
>anonymous user.
>I attempted recently to secure the actual address of an anon poster
>who deliberetly spread misinformation concerning a non-existant
>U.S. Presidential Executive Order and a news-look-alike story dealing
>with proven falsehoods.
>Needless to say the administrator of the popular anon.penet.fi server
>has not been cooperative.  I suggest that groups wishing to deal with
>issues based a little stronger in reality ban anonymous posters and
>encourage their posters NEVER to repeat information supplied by anonymous
>posters elsewhere.  Some groups have already come to that same conclusion.
>I believe that anonymous posting is a valuable service in many forums.
>However, it seems that service is being abused in political and technical
>I suppose yet another solution would be to make widely known the
>general untrustability of anonymous posters in groups where truth and
>fact are paramount.  But this letter should go a tiny ways towards that

Non-problem.  Anonymous posters don't propogate any more
disinformation, lies, or junk than "real" posters.  I could post
my kill file for t.p.g in support of this, but I won't.

Anyone who belives anything posted to the net without
verification has only themselves to blame.  A well-known person
posting from a prestigious .edu site has no more authority than
any anon poster.  The credence you place on the content has to be
determined by the posters previous statements.  Indeed, I find
that several people post very accurate and insightful articles in
some groups, but in others their personal biases are very obvious
and their posts are worth no more than the typical TV news "man on
the street" interview.

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