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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Squarepusher, Oct 4, 2007.

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  1. Squarepusher

    Squarepusher New Member

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    as a new member exercising their memb er conduct code

    I was not able to find in the policy where it says multiple usernames are not allowed, can a moderator or guide please link me to this section of rules so I can more familiarize myself with them? Thanks a lot and im glad to have found this forum i think!

    -Squarepusher
     
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  3. permban0077

    permban0077 Policy Enforcement Banned

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    Common sense lets one know not to post as multiple users, ie one person pretending to be two or more other people posting.

    There is a sticky at the top of the intro forum. There is also the info you were supposed to read when you signed up.
     
  4. Kathy

    Kathy I'm a VIP

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    Question, Squarepusher - are you a carer or a sufferer of PTSD? Perhaps you would like to introduce yourself and tell us a bit of your story?
     
  5. -m1-

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    Welcome to the forum Squarepusher.

    Curious as to why you would want to have multiple user names??? What would be the use/advantage to that?

    m1
     
  6. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt! Premium Member

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    Squarepusher:

    Please read this thread: [DLMURL]http://www.ptsdforum.org/thread5669.html[/DLMURL]

    bec
     
  7. Squarepusher

    Squarepusher New Member

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    I would first like to write that I am writing this message as a member of this forum, and as my opinion and views, which is allowed as the first rule in the Member Code of Conduct, stated as:
    My message was removed from the thread, and I am not allowed to send private messages to you or reply through email, so creating a new thread is the only way I can communicate to your eMail response to me that was send earlier today.

    This is in regards to the thread of Meandmyissues, for anyone reading this to understand what was originally posted here:

    [DLMURL]http://www.ptsdforum.org/43276-post12.html[/DLMURL]

    I was curious to read up on the policies of this board, since I had already read all of the stickies and user policies, but did not come across rules preventing 2 usernames being not allowed. I asked Veiled about this, and my answer and their reply was unfortunately not included in the (very relevent) thread. In my eMail I received the response
    Here is my response: Yes, I read all the stickies and info when signing up, and never came across the rule "Multiple user names are not allowed," as stated in the thread. That's why I asked specifically for a moderator or guide to steer me in the direction where I could read up on the complete rules that apparently I have missed when going over this forums information.

    This person may have signed up for 2 usernames, but in my opinion that doesn't in any way classify them as a spammer. In fact, people with PTSD are often very troubled psychologically, as well most know here, and its reasonably expected that someone may have coping mechanisms that deal with another personality, or use a seperate personality to help them or give them strength where they feel that they have none. Thus, someone with multiple personalities to help deal with their problem is not a particular unusual way, just as alcoholism, social withdrawal, suicide, or other countless ways individuals may respond, so its not completely surprising that this has happened.


    In this particular case, I can quickly think of at least 5 explanations for having multiple usernames:
    1) The multiple personality or friend coping mechanism to deal with stress, or help the person 'explain' their trouble to another person
    2) Feeling of security as a child may have invisible friends/play animals to help them feel comfortable
    3) Giving someone who feels hopeless a sense of power to help them in the forum, for example they can support themselves if come up against criticism or other emotionally hard discussions
    4) An inexperienced internet user accidentally created 2 names, or had problems registering the first name and had to create a second
    5) A shared computer or public computer will have a shared IP address and be identical as far as visibility is concerned, and it could be 2 separate users

    I think a better reaction, other than publicly calling them out, embarrassing them, then banishing them, would have been to privately ask as to why this was occurring, what were the circumstances involved, then inform the user that its your preference that users only have 1 name per person and you hope they can understand this in order to be a part of this community.


    Its my opinion that the way in which this was dealt with, by embarrassing, calling out then banishing could actually be a traumatic event in itself, which is ironic for a forum that is trying to help people recover from existing traumas of the past. It was almost like setting a burn patient on fire as punishment for trying to steal pain medications, or similar.

    Also, I don't see at all how it was dishonest, and even it it was deceiving, I just don't see bad intent. I considered it a bit of a jump to call it that, which is why I wanted to find out about the boards policy in regards to this.

    Thats all I have to state regarding that issue ...

    On a separate note regarding the boards "spam" policy:

    There seems to be a large misconception on this forums part on what a 'spammer' is. From Wikiepdia, a spammer is one who disseminates spam, according to this guidelines for internet and electronic medias

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam

    With an online forum, you have hundreds or thousands of 'BOTS,' computerized programs, who automatically sign up for under registration for forums and post SPAM relating to porn, pharmaceuticals, viagra, advertisements or other inappropriate materials. These 'BOTS' or viruses even, can be very annoying for forums since they can be literally take over a forum if not prevented, as I have experience myself with a site I ran this occured to ... the best way to eliminate BOTS or SPAM is to institute complicated CAPTCHA methods when registering for a forum.
    Adequate and up to date CAPTCHA programs will prevent or eliminate 99% of SPAM, while the rest can be found by moderators, since its the rare occasion that a spammer is an actual person. In this case it would be easy to identify someone not posting on appropriate materials, ext ... and if they were to violate, they could easily be stopped and removed. Unfortunately, since most of the SPAM is created by bots, they will not benefit from reading your anti-spam policies or stickies in this forum :smile:

    So basically what I am saying, is to upgrade your forum software with advanced anti-SPAM systems built in, and this will virtually eliminate all problems you may have been having with automated registration and spamming.

    Thanks for letting me post here and share my opinions... also if someone wishes to contact me again as was attempted earlier by Moderator Veiled, please realize you should include a eMail address or other means of contact, or else there is no way for me to respond to a message sent through my account.
     
  8. She Cat

    She Cat I'm a VIP Premium Member

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    Hi Squarepusher,

    Welcome to the forum.......
     
  9. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt! Premium Member

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    You have been asked to verify that you are a carer or a sufferer of PTSD. Please answer the question.

    Although we appreciate your concern about our forum rules. They stand as is. They are there for all members protection and will remain so.

    I also pointed you to reread a sticky, as I CLEARLY spelled out that multiple users will not be tolerated. Honestly, no matter the reason someone has for making a multiple user, it is dishonest and will not be tolerated. Period.

    Also, no matter how much this is brought up, complained about or argued against, our rules concerning moderation, multiple users, spammers etc.. will not be changed.

    Members are discouraged from giving out private information. It is easy enough to hit reply to a post.

    Now once again are you a carer or a sufferer of PTSD?

    bec
     
  10. anthony

    anthony Renovation Aficionado Founder

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    Hi squarepusher, welcome to the forum. Your getting a little off track with your above statements though, and as you would have already found registering this forum already uses captcha. Please don't concern yourself with the technical aspects of this forum, that is my business. Multiple usernames are deceptive, and that is where this falls under the rules of the forum. Deceptive behaviour is not tolerated, regardless personality disorders. This forum is for PTSD, not for personality disorders. If a member has a personality disorder, they should disclose it if known. If unknown, we typically end up finding out one way or the other and advise them to seek professional help immediately to assist them with that disorder. We are not equipped nor should be, to handle personality disorders.

    So what you say is one thing, though it is deceptive regardless of disorder. We allow tolerance to a certain degree, though this forums primary purpose is PTSD, not personality disorders. Very few with PTSD will have a comorbid personality disorder, which simply means those few as discovered will simply be banned and sent for professional treatment. A personality disorder can and does play chaos within a community, I have no issues stating that. The aim of editors is to ensure the overall well being and integrity of the entire community, not a small few that have the power to completely disrupt an otherwise harmonious community.

    I never stated this forum is for everyone, in fact I actually state within the guidelines of this forum that this forum is not for everyone. It is not for those who cannot accept the rules of this forum as outlined either in writing or by notice from an editor. If you want to argue the point from this forums editors, the simple outcome is that this forum is also not for you either.

    You are entitled to your opinion, we respect your opinion, never does it say though that your opinion will be actioned. It is your opinion and you are allowed it. Editors decision is final though, as that's not an opinion.
     
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