why are Trolls allowed to post anonymously?
the 'Post as Anonymous' Feature is nothing but Troll bait... it allows people to post question with no way of know who they are or how to stop them...
It's bad enough "Block" doesn't apply the 'warning label any more, but now any one can hide behind that little spy mask and ask The Dumbest, or most offensive question; and it stays up until Admin Reacts
We plan to allow the blocking of anonymous people in the future. Expect anonymous answering to go away, expect anonymous asking to stay.
Can we expedite this solution? Still being blocked by trolls I can not block back. Reconsider anonymous asking, still distracts from the site.
Another instance today, 2/1/20, where anonymous poster answers my question with insults but has me blocked! Ho much longer do we have to wait for this to get fixed?
Anonymous askers should not be allowed to block people, period. In the Politics section, the Anonymous people asking questions are posting vitriolic propaganda and racist questions, then methodically block any and all people who might respond with decent, opposing answers. Russian trolls are having a field day. It is outrageous! With an election year coming up, this must be stopped.
I don't know if I will ever return to Yahoo Answers - but at the minimum I would want to be able to stop any anonymous questions appearing on screen - 95% of them are not worth reading.
I accept that a tiny proportion are legitimate - like someone who is embarrassed about some personal issue and wants advice or information; I have even answered a few such questions. But given the concentration of trolls on YA, I hope that most people with such questions ask them somewhere else on the internet, somewhere more civil.
David Halling commented
"expect anonymous asking to stay."
Why? It is the anonymous asking from trolls who post insults and then block people, which is the main problem.
Anonymous stalkers continue to harm the site. Here is a post one of my questions received, anonymously, of course:
Do you want to know why people hate worthless piece of sh*t like you?
It's because you think deeming a conclusion "worst president in history" is the same as proving any of it. It's not.
See if some failed abortion like you could even comprehend anything beyond a colorful cereal box or your welfare/EBT card, you just might be able to realize that it's about details.
For example, we have the lowest unemployment rate in all of American history.
Excellent GDP growth beyond projections
No more "pay for healthcare otherwise we're going to fine you if you can't afford to"
THAT to you is apparently the worst president in history......when the actual truth is that you're a scum sucking parasitic liberal who hates that these record breaking achievements are happening on Trump's watch instead of a liberal's.....which makes you people look like idiots in comparison, and it does.
So shut the f*ck up. Because you are so far out of your league
This situation is intolerable. Please get this fix done,
Please speed this up. Anonymous trolls are ruining the site.
It's been 4 YEARS since I posted this 'critique' 6 Months since this Reply and STILL 'anonymous Troll runs rampant on YA! ...
Appreciate the changes; but, can we speed up the implementation of this fix. One anonymous user continues to answer his own questions and does not ask questions, he simply pushes his extremist views.
Cindy Graham commented
Today I received the following anonymous response to a question.
" Starting now I am going to start hammering your account to get you suspended and forced to begin back at level 1. I'm also gonna blast your dumbazz on reddit so they can help speed the process up. You are a troll, a jack@ss, and you don't belong here"
I have no way of blocking this person and no apparent recourse.
Edward Gosser commented
remove all Anonymous post, and stop them from posting. Example: Dining Out > Thailand > Nakhon Ratchasima - Post: How do you think Jesus felt when the Romans sodomized him in front of people?
It has nothing to do with the topic, and this Anonymous person post all over the same type of ridiculousness.
Anonymous asking in the Politics section only encourages racists and bigots to constantly post derogatory questions. Anonymous asking should be completely eliminated in the Politics section.
Not sure why they ever bothered with Anonymous Avatar, It does Allow for trolling and advanced user tracking as abuse bias gambit,
Everyone was content with old Avatars or choice from Profile,
On the other hand, it stops trolls from trolling common users, but originally Anonymous answers were not allowed best answer option, to avoid multi account point gaming,
But by that time multi account point gambling was already set to higher levels scorers, so new additive seemed very odd , and both for good and bad hacker trolling misuse,
there is something wrong where you cant report or do not know who you are reporting, thus it could be Yahoo community troll phishing to deliberately sabotage services,
One rule is to ignore, But since Verizon, AOL, Oath: has tajen over, it is quite clear , there is Americanized culture bias,
Fireball Richardson commented
NO MORE BLUE FACES
What a joke. Im more concerned with the level of abuse of the guidelines that occurs on an hourly basis by the level 7 users. Stopping anonymous people from answering question is useless. The problem is anonymous users who troll the service. How about doing something useful? Start banning users like Fireball who with nearly every answer they make they violate guidelines?
k karij commented
This question was asked in 2014, is yahoo doing anything?
k karij commented
Also anonymous people can report other people's answers. Most of my answers being reported are by someone who utilizes this feature maliciously. And there is no way of knowing who is who.
David Johnson commented
Thanks Amy. This will cut down on the trolling enormously; stopping Anonymous Answers.
If you continue to leave these Anonymous Askers trolling (any new sign-up) can begin, will be the first ones to be deleted for the least infraction or misunderstanding. You might warn them -- "Posting as Anonymous is MORE likely to get your question deleted". Do you really enjoy reading the offensive rubbish running rampant here? Fix it or lose it; only you have the IP of the truly offensive known repeat problems; the pattern is obvious and you know it. These serial offenders don't click on your adds, they don't have a job and are on there all day, and have run off most of the people that enjoyed your space and do click on adds.
The Blue Face is only good for trolling, especially for "repeat serial offenders" of forum rules and keep getting ejected. But they bounce right back with another Anonymous blue face troll. Only you can stop this; we cannot, getting overwhelmed with rubbish, turning the site into rubbish.
David Johnson commented
Can we get to know them a little bit before they acquire the new blue face of Anonymous and attack us again? You put us at a decided disadvantage against a mythical blue face.
If they are sincere, if they belong among us, we get a chance to see their style, who they are. Someone on a mission to destroy has a completely definitive style. We cannot tell the difference at first. Gimme a break, at least Level 2 or 3 to gain anonymity, before this entire forum goes berserk (translated--broke) fighting the pathological nutjobs. It would also insert a delay in the revolving door of serial offenders, and often identify them by the time delay.
Robert Jenkins commented
And ps. to the last comment - simply blocking anonymous users from being viewed is not an answer to anything.
The most important people are prospective new users to the site - and they will see everything, all the trolls, ranters and haters.
Those need blocking from posting, not blocking from viewing.
You (Yahoo) need more serious users that will improve the quality of the site overall, simply blocking the junk from sight of existing users does nothing to help that.
It may make things worse as once blocked from sight, the junk will not be seen so cannot be reported.