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Nov. elections and this Forum

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2007

The elections in the coming November are going to be different in one important (I think) way. We now have a new medium, namely this Forum. This Forum is fast becoming a way for people to get their opinions established, both for themselves as they read others' ideas, and for influencing others.

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Posted by poltical junkie
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2007 at 6:02 pm

There are one or two people who post very often under different names. They try to give the impression that many people agree with them. I think lots of people by now know who they are, but it is very misleading and insoluble as long as the Weekly allows anonymity. Who wants to argue with a phantom.
You mention this in passing but it is a very real problem. Newbies don't get it. At least people should be limited to once a day. maybe twice.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 22, 2007 at 11:34 am

You got me.I confess.
90% of the lettere are by me.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2007 at 11:18 am

I would love having to register under one name...and can only post from that name ( whatever it is). Then individuals could decide over time who is worth reading...or not.

Also, why did the "spam protection" or whatever that code was disappear from the postings?

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Posted by political junkie
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2007 at 2:03 pm

I wouldn't mind registering under one name as Resident suggests. Sounds like a good idea. I'd be interested in any opinions on the subject by blog/forum experts.
There is one serial poster recognizable by his tirades against active citizens. Since he writes under many names, public spirited citizens might think there are a lot of people who hate them. On the contrary, I admire the people who take the time to become informed and who speak up for our community. May they live long and prosper!

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Posted by William
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 23, 2007 at 2:30 pm

I am just curious Poltical Junkie how you know that the poster you describe above is a single poster--unless.....

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Posted by political junkie
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Unless ... what?
If you read a number of threads, it becomes obvious. People have only a limited ability to change their personality. Even professional actors are recognizable as the person they are if they aren't wearing masks and disguises.
Unless what?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 23, 2007 at 3:24 pm

political junkie, would you care to name those who you think are multiple posters/persons?

Maybe it is just that there are those in Palo Alto with whom you disagree.

What are you saying, really? I think I have recognized some others like you...are they you?

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2007 at 5:02 pm

The idea of registering to post on one name only is interesting. Whereas I do think that the multiple "parent" has become a joke, I can understand why many find that joining in this one "parent" is useful. As someone who has used different parent names, e.g. Paly parent, JLS parent, etc. when it has seemed useful to the comment, it is an added bonus to the anonymity. At times it is useful to put a further description, but the anonymity is good because your kids do not get identified which is really more important than the poster themself.

If we are talking about school issues, "parent" is a good description, but if we are talking about a different Palo Alto issue then "resident" seems a good alternative.

Perhaps, we could register different names for different categories so that could add to the greater anonymity. For example, if someone who is posting a great deal in the schools and kids section then started using the same name for the more political outside Palo Alto issues, or again for the housing Palo Alto issues, then it can be thought that this person may know a lot about schools, but has no idea about politics, or housing, or whatever. Having a differend nom de plume for each category makes sense to me.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Perhaps only the first one to claim "parent" should be allowed the use.

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