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[Meta] Can we disallow posting by unregistered users?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

While there are plenty of ways to register an account, and it's not gauranteed to stop all spammers or trolls, it does seems that we are doing ourselves a disservice by allowing unregistered users to post questions and comment.

Can the site moderators or admins make it so that you must be registered before asking a question or commenting?

I strongly feel this would minimize (though not stop) some amount of spam and trolling.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 10, 2013
at 02:10 PM

I need a relax button! ;)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Has it? The reason I made this meta question is because all the lastest trolls and spammers have been unregistered users. But yes, if someone's account has been compromised, there's pretty much no fixing that.

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:35 PM

Let's work together to be more relaxed! :)

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:18 PM

More relaxed than you are. lol

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 27, 2013
at 05:57 PM

You gotta relax, Kashkillz

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 27, 2013
at 05:57 PM

You gotta calm down, Kashkillz. You're clearly the one pissing and moaning

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Thanks for the tip. Sometimes a problem just needs a fresh set of eyes...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 27, 2013
at 04:44 PM

I used to wonder about that, too, until I discovered my "recent" activity tab. Before I would temporarily favorite questions to remind me, but recent is much better.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:49 PM

The entire purpose is to crowdsource. There's no way around the fact that requiring registration would handicap that.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:47 PM

There are plenty of conversations on the Internet where I had potentially valuable contributions, but didn't bother because I didn't feel like registering. I don't exactly remember, but there's a good chance that's what got me interested in this site. Don't minimize the importance of an open door. In many ways a site is only as good as the variety of input that's available.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:17 PM

I strongly agree with this suggestion. That's where the forum v. stackoverflow models differs - I like the latter, but I also want quick reference to the "discussions" I'm in.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:07 PM

You are right, but to me some trolling is entertaining.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:05 PM

'...pissing & moaning...' is more about the overall amount of discussion focusing on this non-problem. No, your post isn't exactly that. Which is obviously a euphemism in the first place.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Since "calm" wasn't used, I couldn't make the reference, but I thought about it. :-)

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:03 PM

lol... tell me that was a Lebowski reference...

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I understand your point @VB, but I don't believe it lessens the possible good that requiring registration might bring.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:51 PM

"relax" does not really mean "to relax". It means "let it go".

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Again with the assumption of needing to "relax"? Is everyone here incredibly stressed or something?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:37 PM

I think there is a minimal amount of trolling here. Just Bill Bailey and tinydick. And their questions get deleted very fast. So relax - there is more to life than Paleohacks.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Furthermore "pissing and moaning"? My question literally only suggested one specific method that might curtail spamming. Upon re-reading, do you really see any pissing or moaning?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:34 PM

With such strong words, I'm clearly more relaxed than you are. ;-) Those sort of posts are noise on the wire. One could argue that that noise would confuse new users more than registering their account, which is the norm across the wider internet, and especially at stackoverflow (of which this site uses it's code, and is modeled after).

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:05 PM

Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Lard!

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on March 27, 2013
at 03:09 PM

I think a more productive change around here would be to have our profiles update more frequently or somehow flag the threads we're participating in. I feel I spend a lot of time trying to remember which discussions I'm watching.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Thanks for the tip. Sometimes a problem just needs a fresh set of eyes...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 27, 2013
at 04:44 PM

I used to wonder about that, too, until I discovered my "recent" activity tab. Before I would temporarily favorite questions to remind me, but recent is much better.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:17 PM

I strongly agree with this suggestion. That's where the forum v. stackoverflow models differs - I like the latter, but I also want quick reference to the "discussions" I'm in.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 27, 2013
at 07:32 PM

[meta]-can-we-disallow-posting-by-unregistered-users?

Just calm down and step away from the edge greymouser. ;))

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 10, 2013
at 02:10 PM

I need a relax button! ;)

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Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

(723)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:17 PM

I'm not sure if this would do much to solve the problem because lately a lot of the trolls have actually been registered users whether it was themselves doing the trolling or someone hacking into their accounts...

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Has it? The reason I made this meta question is because all the lastest trolls and spammers have been unregistered users. But yes, if someone's account has been compromised, there's pretty much no fixing that.

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on March 27, 2013
at 02:17 PM

How is anyone doing you a disservice? Why don't you just relax and not worry about it? Do you honestly think there would be more 'pros' than 'cons' to making it more difficult for outsiders to participate?

Really, it's just words on a screen. Get over it. Pissing & moaning about 'trolls' is just as annoying, space- & time-wasting, and flat out unproductive as the offenders themselves.

I'd say the existing mechanisms work quite well enough for wrangling & shutting down trouble-makers.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Furthermore "pissing and moaning"? My question literally only suggested one specific method that might curtail spamming. Upon re-reading, do you really see any pissing or moaning?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Since "calm" wasn't used, I couldn't make the reference, but I thought about it. :-)

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:18 PM

More relaxed than you are. lol

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 27, 2013
at 05:57 PM

You gotta relax, Kashkillz

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:03 PM

lol... tell me that was a Lebowski reference...

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on March 27, 2013
at 03:05 PM

'...pissing & moaning...' is more about the overall amount of discussion focusing on this non-problem. No, your post isn't exactly that. Which is obviously a euphemism in the first place.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:34 PM

With such strong words, I'm clearly more relaxed than you are. ;-) Those sort of posts are noise on the wire. One could argue that that noise would confuse new users more than registering their account, which is the norm across the wider internet, and especially at stackoverflow (of which this site uses it's code, and is modeled after).

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 27, 2013
at 06:35 PM

Let's work together to be more relaxed! :)

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 27, 2013
at 05:57 PM

You gotta calm down, Kashkillz. You're clearly the one pissing and moaning

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