Now that this forum is starting to see more action, it's also beginning to experience what I call "growing pains" - heated exchanges between members, many of whom have nearly empty profiles. Quite honestly, I've never been able to understand what possible satisfaction an adult could possibly get out of this kind of argument, but I know not everyone agrees on this. Just recently, Francois has had to close one audition thread because an anonymous member created an uproar by posting negative rumors about a person whom he named by name. This person was temporarily banned from the forum because of this. Now we are starting to get some requests to open that thread back up, and I'm torn. On one hand, I would love to see the forum serve the purpose for which it is intended: to spread information about what's going on on the audition scene. On the other, I don't want it to become a negative rumor mill, and especially not one where the rumors come from anonymous sources...we will not let that happen. A couple of things that should be made clear right from the start: * People who log on in an obvious attempt to hound either another member or another musician taking auditions - i.e., users with titles like "John X is an ***hole", or "Jane Doe can't play in tune" - will be permabanned immediately, and their IP addresses will be kept for records. Before anybody asks, yes, this has happened more than once. * People who post under screen names only who post in a controversial or combative manner will be kept on a very short leash. If you're not willing to stand behind what you're saying, I'm not willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, and I believe I speak for Francois as well when I say this, seeing as he's the "profile Nazi" on the board. Beyond that, I'd like to hear from the folks who frequent this particular forum about the subject of anonymity here at TB. If you insist on remaining anonymous, why? If not, why? Do you look at posts by anonymous members differently than posts by those who stand behind what they say by signing their name to it? Paul has informed me that I cannot require people to identify themselves here, and I respect his wishes. At the same time, I saw a lot of angry people in the closed (Milwaukee) audition thread when an anonymous member spread an anonymous rumor. How can we best resolve situations like that? My take on it has always been that if a person isn't willing to identify themselves, I'm not willing to concern myself with giving any weight to their words beyond whether they make any sense or not, but you all may have other ideas. What say, orchestral TBers?