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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

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  • TJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's been 4 YEARS since I posted this 'critique' 6 Months since this Reply and STILL 'anonymous Troll runs rampant on YA! ...

  • Po Boy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Tri L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  •  ☥♡☮  commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

      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,

  • Fingers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Robert Jenkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That's definitely a move in the right direction.

    Again, why not give zero points for anonymous answers - anyone seriously using YA to help people does not care, but it pretty much kills off anonymous point gamers.

    Also - whilst anyone may occasionally want to ask a question anonymously, why not make anonymous questions "expensive" in points, so spammers and trolls cannot spam them effectively.

    And finally - Please!! implement proper account verification & banning so trolls and spammers cannot just keep making multiple accounts..

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please also block anonymous asking. It is used by people to troll, rant, and offend as much as anonymous answering. There is no purpose whatsoever to this function because our screen names are already as anonymous as we like them to be. Attaching a screen name to questions as well as answers provides some level of accountability to those who engage in this social interaction.

    I also vote that the function to hide a user's question and answer history also be removed. That allows people answering questions or reviewing answers to questions they've posted to see if something a person says matches what they've said in the past, thus giving that person credibility or exposing them as liars and/or trolls and therefore contributing to individual accountability. My entire 10-year-or-so history of answers and questions is available for anyone to read through, if the have the patience for the endless clicking of "load more", to see the consistency of my answers.

    [And if this thing labels me as "Anonymous" as it did the first time I tried posting, my nic is Sky on Y!A.]

  • Comrade Trump commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Id rather you control the irate christers and the vitriolic gibberish they hurl at folks that are not a part of their little cult.
    FIREBALLS...Im talking about you here.

  • Rover commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Blocking is an anti-stalking tool. You can't stalk anonymouses. Anonymous blockers often are trolls who pretend to seek answers while blocking those who have those answers

  • T commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate
  • Fireball Richardson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yeah it is all wrong and unfair...they can see who we are but we dont have that right?? comeon..it causes too many problems...this way they can attack users without revealing their identity...very wrong...make it stop

  • Jim Roberts commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The biggest problem I find is that a number of racist and religious trolls have blocked me, and ask questions anonymously. I can spend time crafting a carefully worded answer only to get the "We are experiencing difficulties" message. If someone has blocked you, you shouldn't get an answer box, even if they ask a question anonymously.

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