Would you prefer a “registered user” forum?

The Suzuki Association of the Americas said: Feb 8, 2005
The Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Association Member
21 posts

Hi All,
This poll was prompted by your comments and emails. Would you prefer a Suzuki forum restricted to posts by registered users only, eliminating anonymous “guest” posts?

Thank you in advance for your votes AND for your comments!

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

I have mixed feelings about it. There is no option to vote for that.

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

I have mixed feelings as well. While I like the accountablility of being a registered user, as a teacher who encourages my families to visit the forum, I also appreciate the option to remain anonymous when my posts are of a more personal nature.

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

A user name does not have to have to be your own name, and it is possible to register without giving identifying information. As a teacher who has parents visiting this site, I am not particularly worried about being “uncovered”.
Lucy

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

I tend to go with “no” because of the necessarily personal nature of posts that seek advice. I appreciate the ability to ask the hard questions on this forum without compromising confidentiality.

However, the lack of registration is not always used responsibly and considerately by everyone, unfortunately.

So I suppose an alternative would be to require registration, but when the necessity for anonymous posts comes up, the poster could choose a different user name. There would still be accountability but it wouldn’t be associated with the user’s main, “non-anonymous” user name. That would be a hassle (lots of logging in and out), but if there are many more instances of anonymous rudeness and so forth, it might be preferrable….

Having said all that, I still vote “no,” with the hope that everyone can be supportive of each other on this forum. Can we self-police it in such a way that any deconstructive posts are politely contradicted by voices of support and helpfulness?

said: Feb 8, 2005
 122 posts

I voted no for a few reasons. First, a person could register with multiple names, so this really doesn’t help in tracking a rude persons.

Second, sometimes I post sensitive nature posts in which I need advice under ‘guest.’ I have parents who read this forum and I don’t want them to know it’s me. Genereally the parents that read this forum aren’t the ones I’m having problems with, but I don’t want any gossip to start in my studio!

I really like the last guest’s point about responding with support and helpfulness. This definetly is very ‘Suzuki!’

Just my 2 cents…

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Terri said: Feb 8, 2005
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello, Viola
10 posts

Guest said:
>>Having said all that, I still vote “no,” with the hope that everyone can be supportive of each other on this forum. Can we self-police it in such a way that any deconstructive posts are politely contradicted by voices of support and helpfulness?<<

I’m the person who originally suggested the registration requirement. But if we could accomplish Guest’s suggestion, I’d be happy to back off from the idea.

The thing is, we haven’t managed it, so far.

said: Feb 8, 2005
 10 posts

I think it would be best if we all entered something in the box so that it doesn’t come up with guest. It is possible to make it a requirement to add something to identify yourself without logging in. It doesn’t even have to be the same thing from thread to thread but just in one thread, if you make more than one comment, it is nice to know who everyone is. When the thread gets really long, it’s hard to keep track of people when they comment more than once but don’t identify themselves. Even if people would sign their posts “origional poster” or something of that nature so that other readers could identify them with all of their previous posts in that thread, it would be better.

i’d say that it should be a requirement to have something (I liked the idea of people even just putting in letters) in the identification box. If you are posting things of a personal nature and you don’t want others to know it is you, then don’t log in, but you should definitely be required to identify yourself in some way or another.

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

<— like this

or like this—> thanks for listening,
fanatic_fiddler/origional poster/x/me/confused in wisconsin

Kirsten said: Feb 8, 2005
 Violin
103 posts

Just brainstorming here. As a frequent reader, I really enjoy the interesting and often “sticky” questions posed by “guests” as well as the candid responses by other guests. I voted no because I don’t want to miss out on good reading and learning.

What if, when the conversation suddenly turns nasty, one or more of us respond with a simple “goodbye”, then move on to another thread. The simple message is: “I have read this and determine it to be inappropriate. I will no longer be reading anything anyone writes on this particular thread and suggest that others might do the same.”

Being a fairly sensitive person who likes to keep my thoughts happy, I would turn away from reading anything where the last poster has said “goodbye.” Others might be interested in a juicy fight, or might be interested in defending the original poster with more than that one word, and could read beyond the goodbye post and respond. The next innocent reader may choose to put in another “goodbye” in order to warn others again. I can only think of one current thread that I would have wanted to kill this way, but I have not read it in a long time. Maybe it improved?

Is this worth a try or do you think it could backfire on us?

Kirsten

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

how do you register a poll response?

Ghost People said: Feb 8, 2005
 93 posts

you need to log in first

said: Feb 8, 2005
 103 posts

I also like to be able to post with questions regarding my students and not have to worry about the possibility that they might know it was them I was talking about.

I have not been registered until this point, but as I saw that the freedom to post under “Guest”, might be taken away, I felt I had to vote—meaning I had to register.

I still perfer to post under “guest” if it is a personal topic, though I think that is a good idea to indicate which “Guest” you are, by using a number or letter. From now on I will try to do this as it does make it easier to figure out who is talking.

Melissa said: Feb 8, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

I think registering is a good thing. It keeps everyone more or less in line. Thank you Terri!!
What ever I post, I feel I am responsible and I should be able to discuss the issue openly and diplomatically, even with a parent, if not, it could become ugly, which I do not like.
It is too easy for a “guest” to cross that line.
Just my opinion.

Ghost People said: Feb 9, 2005
 93 posts

No way!!!!

said: Feb 9, 2005
 10 posts

Yes way!!!!

Ghost People said: Feb 9, 2005
 93 posts

Or….NOT!!!!

Ghost People said: Feb 9, 2005
 93 posts

Please don’t force users to “sign in”.Thanks for listening.a supportive yet preferable totally anonymous “guest”

Ghost People said: Feb 9, 2005
 93 posts

no thanks!

said: Feb 9, 2005
 122 posts

I believe it is totally impossible to limit free speech, and I am totally for free speech whether I agree with what is being said or not. We can’t control others-we can only control ourself and our own reaction.

I loved the guest who posted that we should respond with kindness. What wisdom!

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Ghost People said: Feb 10, 2005
 93 posts

No thank you.And nicely put, Junebug! :)

Ghost People said: Feb 11, 2005
 93 posts

I certainly hope that this change will not be happening.That is my two cents worth.

Ghost People said: Feb 11, 2005
 93 posts

No. Thank you for asking. My two cents worth: Its a sad world in which guests are not allowed and welcomed.

Terri said: Feb 11, 2005
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello, Viola
10 posts

Nobody’s saying guests aren’t welcomed. I’d sure like to welcome you…”guest.”

said: Feb 11, 2005
 10 posts

as would I.

Christy Paxton said: Feb 12, 2005
Christy PaxtonInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Bentonville, AR
5 posts

Exactly. Guests ARE allowed, guests ARE welcomed. It’s a sad world when some guests take that welcome and use it to insult and degrade those who provided the welcome in the first place. Be our guest—just don’t make us regret it with bad behavior.

Ghost People said: Feb 12, 2005
 93 posts

And the same expectations for yourself of course…..

Christy Paxton said: Feb 13, 2005
Christy PaxtonInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Bentonville, AR
5 posts

Of course. I can sign my name because I do respect others here, and value the kindness that is shown to me. I hope it never bites me from behind….

Ghost People said: Feb 13, 2005
 93 posts

Hello. I prefer to use the forum as a guest. Thanks.That’s about it!

Melissa said: Feb 14, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

Why do you prefer to use the forum as a guest?

Ghost People said: Feb 14, 2005
 93 posts

For many reasons. I want to feel free to express my opinion of the day,which may be different than I felt yesterday,without someone calling me contradictory or comparing my other responses on different threads.Also I want to quickly access the site.Also I want complete anonymity from students,teachers,parents.Also freedom of speech.There are other reasons too, but I consider them private.I hope this fulfills your curiosity????Thanks-g’night, from one of many happy “guests”,,,

Ghost People said: Feb 14, 2005
 93 posts

This poll seems inaccurate to me.How exactly are people voting-cause the percentage dooesn’t seem to reflect the posts here??!!!

Ghost People said: Feb 14, 2005
 93 posts

to vote, one must log in. guest cannot vote. just the way this forum is set up!

Ghost People said: Feb 14, 2005
 93 posts

I would sugget that it would be a good idea to register (sp?)(you have to reg. in order to log-in) if you want to vote. This is what I did, because I wanted my oppinion (to vote no) to be shown on the poles.

It is much more conveniant (sp?) to use the “guest” option though.

Ghost People said: Feb 15, 2005
 93 posts

So basically this “poll” is a ploy by admin to get us “guests” to register if we want to vote. Hmmm how very democratic?!!

Lynn said: Feb 15, 2005
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
173 posts

Yes, well, it could also be a “ploy” to make sure people only vote once.

Certainly from the comments on this thread it would appear that a majority like it as is, but since many of those come in under “guest”, we’ll never know if it’s a few individuals making multiple comments, or many different people.

Ghost People said: Feb 15, 2005
 93 posts

I suppose so, but honestly I have bigger things to worry about than that(like trying to build up more students !!)I would prefer polls relating to teaching problems and issues ,rather than this less than important one really!

Ghost People said: Feb 15, 2005
 93 posts

You make it sound like a terrible, limiting thing to be a registered user. Registering to vote keeps everyone accountable and prevents one person from voting several times. Just because you are registered doesn’t mean you have to register every time you visit. I am a registered user who prefers to remain anonymous for the majority of my posts. Why would the SAA need a ploy to get us to register? As long as people are participating it doesn’t change the benefits. It’s not like there is a financial incentive to keep membership up or something. Our SAA membership dues help pay for this service and we (all the useres here) are the ones who reap the benefits, not the SAA. This is here for everyone, regardless of membership or not. Wouldn’t it be sad to have this open to SAA members only? That would certainly be a way to encourage more people to join if they wanted to participate. So no, I completely disagree with someone else’s view that this whole thing is a ‘ploy” to get more registered members.

Ghost People said: Feb 15, 2005
 93 posts

Hey, I am just glad that people have strong opinions BOTH ways on this issue-to me this shows the diversity of views and opinions and that is just the type of forum I am proud to be a part of.”Of course it’s not a ploy, but being a guest I do enjoy!!”(poem!)

Corinne said: Feb 15, 2005
 Violin, Piano
44 posts

I want to point out that the SAA was not first to suggest this topic: please see http://www.suzukiassociation.org/suzukiforum/viewtopic.php?t=688

I agree that there have been some fiery posts; however, these come from both registered and unregistered users, so a registered-only forum wouldn’t solve the problem.

As for confusion as to which “guest” is which, how about building something into the forum HTML that would allow guests to post only if they signed some sort of nickname in the “name” box when posting anonymously (like fanatic_fiddler said). That name would only need to be used on that thread, and it could be anything—”me_67,” “donald duck,” “just_wondering,” etc.

Ghost People said: Feb 15, 2005
 93 posts

I have to admit that if i have to put in a nickname I will not be using this forum, but that is just my own statement-I don’t expect anyone to necessarily agree with me. :)

Melissa said: Feb 16, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

It is interesting to me, my 15 year old son who has his own forum on a subject he’s interested in must register. They do not accept “guests” because there has been too many problems in the past with mean remarks etc.. I have to disagree with the person that stated you could say mean things even if you are registered. I see a lot more derogatory statements from “guests” than registered members. But all said, I do enjoy reading “guests” comments and would not want them to stop writing because they have to register but do not want to. Just please, lets all try to be nice :D .

The Suzuki Association of the Americas said: Feb 16, 2005
The Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Association Member
21 posts

Thank you to all who have voted and/or posted. Your comments and perspectives are greatly appreciated!

Ghost People said: Feb 16, 2005
 93 posts

I feel the need to point out that I am at times offended by what some people might call ok comments. I am referring to some of the statements made, more often than not by registered people, that are said in such a way to indicate that their way is the only real way to do Suzuki.
So just because the tone may seem nice does not take away from the offensive attitude.
All I am saying is, sometimes offense is there in many ways. I have responded to some of these posts, as a guest, because I very truly find the posts offensive.
So I guess if we are so worried about being “not nice,” we have to be careful about what we censor. Of course, profanity is totally uncalled for, but that has never come up. (and my guess is that is why some forums must be registered)

Melissa said: Feb 16, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

Some people I think, (I myself may have come across this way,) by personal experience and/or through trial and error tend to feel strongly about a certain issue, technique, or way of teaching. And we express ourselves. Hoping that (at least for me) we may find someone who agrees!! And hey, that’s cool. It feels good and we have commoraderie. But if someone does not agree, I am hoping, I do not get personally bashed for my personal opinions. Because they are just that, personal. And I have felt, as a guest, personally attacked on this forum, unfortunately.
If what I say on this forum is offensive to somebody else, it surely was not meant to come across that way. And I am sure others that express their personal opinons on this forum are not doing so to offend others, but just to express themselves. So all I ask is if someone disagrees, disagree in a diplomatic, respectful, and mature manner. And then we can discuss things constructively and maybe learn from one another.
I have also learned that we must be sensitive to others before opening our mouths!

Ghost People said: Feb 17, 2005
 93 posts

Yes I would also like to point out we can all learn to be a bit more sensitive! I hope i can retain my “guest” status as well!

Ghost People said: Feb 17, 2005
 93 posts

Exactly. What one person may see as them simply “expressing their opinion” may come across very negatively and offensive to someone else. Strong feelings are part of what makes us human. But just because you are expressing a strong opinion doesn’t make it any more ok than someone else who tries to disagree with that. And the stronger some of these opinions have been clung to, the stronger the reaction. So goes it. As long as there are no obscenities and the like, let’s keep this an open forum.

said: Feb 18, 2005
 5 posts

and this is the only one I have ever seen that allows unregistered users to post. I am not saying that there

aren’t good reasons to have this policy, but I was one of the ones who emailed the administrator asking why

guests were allowed to post.

In my experience (only mine, not speaking for others) people feel far more

free to use inflammatory and unkind language if they know that there is no way they can be made to take

responsibility for it. However, the words are still out there, and there is no pattern for other readers to

follow. (for instance, there are members on other boards that I frequent whose posts I take with a grain of salt.

I know they are prone to using harsher language than I am comfortable with, but they don’t mean it as harshly as

it sounds.)

If you are very uncomfortable with other members knowing anything about you, why not register

with the name “guest1001″ or something similar? At least then, you would take some responsibility for your posts,

but not be forced to reveal anything about yourself. As for the personal information required, I know for a fact

that many people use incorrect information in their profiles to protect themselves. As others have mentioned, you

could also have an alias to post anonymously. Be creative!

My other complaint with so many guests posting

is sheer confusion. If there are 6 posts by guests on one thread, it is often difficult to determine whether they

are 6 separate guests, or maybe one has posted more than once, or maybe just one guest posting 6 times.

So,

those are my reasons. I respect those who do not wish to register, but I hope they would find some of my points

valid.

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

Of course it is interesting to read your point of

view. Thanks for posting.I do want to mention that I have been involved with NUMEROUS forums where there was no

requirement to log in, so I just beg to differ on that point.To me, it does not matter which character has written

a comment-I feel no need to know whether the same person has posted once or more on a thread.In fact, I find that

when a “nickname” is logged on it seems many posters begin to make a lot of assumptions about that poster (which

is simply unnecessary and catty). To me, freedom of speech is MUCH more important than having a nickname logged

on.I definitely prefer being a guest here as I do on many other forums.

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

I keep reading, from people who want no more

“guest” status, that a person could simply use different log-in names, so as to help

maintain anonymity.

Ok, besides the collossal pain that could be (ooh, I feel the need to post on a

sensitive topic, better use a different name now, so my parents can’t figure out who this is posting….log-out,

log-in…) doesn’t that defeat the whole thing??

What is the difference if I post 6 posts under “guest,”

or one under “happy mom,” another under “frustrated teacher,” another under “really sad,” etc??

The reason

I want to maintain anonymity is because I don’t want someone (as in my studio parents) to follow my posts, and

get an idea who I might be. Even if some people use a benign nickname, or false info when they register (as

suggested a couple of posts back…and by the way, how nice is that??), I still feel as though I can, rightly or

wrongly, get a feel for who some of the regular posters are, based on their numerous, identified, posts.

said: Feb 19, 2005
 5 posts

You are all bringing up very interesting points,

and making me think about my position. I have not yet had to bring up problems with any of my studio parents or

students that would make me want to remain anonymous. I can see the value in that. However, I think that the

options I suggested earlier could take care of that.

The advantage of registering to create certain types

of posts is that you DO get known—and someone can PM you with specific questions or continue a discussion off

the board that may be more appropriate that way. Of course, there is a downside to that as well. I don’t think

I need to expound on that, since aspects of it have been mentioned several times already.

I am sorry—I

know that I am about to get on a soapbox now, but it is something that I think is important. I truly think that

when one is posting in a public forum, one needs to be thoughtful on more than one level. Of course, there is the

politeness issue, but I am thinking of the intellectual and emotional ones.

If one truly wants to

contribute to a community such as this, where I hope we are all coming in good faith to learn, grow and help each

other, one should think through what one posts before posting it. If you contradict yourself (as one guest

suggested earlier), perhaps that is not such a bad thing. It shows that you are thinking things through, growing,

perhaps exploring different aspects of an issue. You are then better able to discuss things in an informed way.

If you slip and say something you didn’t mean, you certainly have the chance to redeem yourself by correcting or

apologizing. If you are posting anonymously, there is absolutely no incentive to practice these civilizing

acts.

I realize that I am swimming against the tide of most media-related trends with these suggestions.

Public discourse has certainly become more free in this day and age. I am not sure that it is all for the better.

I support the exchange of differing ideas, styles, and beliefs, but I don’t see the benefit in personal attacks

and hiding behind perfect anonymity. I support responsible free speech. I realize that one can’t force people

to act reponsibly, and that rules created to free and protect the innocent are often used by the less scrupulous

to avoid censure for their acts.

I was not suggesting that people maintain several different identities on

this board, although I can certainly see how you might have read it that way. What I was suggesting was that one

could maintain your own identity for general, helpful discussions, and one for problems with your studio that you

prefer to keep anonymous, in order to protect the students and parents as much as yourself. I am probably far

too idealistic, but I hope I never have such an adversarial relationship with my studio that I would suspect them

of stalking me around the message board, and that I was posting things that I wouldn’t say to their

faces.

That isn’t to say that there aren’t valid reasons for not saying certain things (problems that you

don’t know how to address, and are asking for help before approaching it, etc.) but if your relationship with

your students is so convoluted, maybe a better suggestion would be separate message boards for teachers, students,

and parents. Maybe even a reevaluation of your communications with them.

I am sorry for the length of this

post. Thanks for hanging in there, if you are still reading! I feel that it is important to be willing to take

responsibility for what you post. I hope I haven’t ever posted something that I would be to embarrassed to say

to a friend. If we were all able to post to others as if they were our friends, someone to whom our opinion would

matter, and with whom we would still be able to maintain a relationship, then we wouldn’t have need of usernames.

Since anonymous users often seem unwilling to hold themselves to this standard, I suggest that restricting posts

to registered users would help remind all of us of it.

said: Feb 19, 2005
 5 posts

I was also curious about the types of message

boards that don’t require one to register before posting. I own and moderate a parenting board (very small)

which I started after several members of a much larger board became uncomfortable with the inflammatory nature of

discussions there. I have visited many parenting boards, as well as several forums about administrating message

boards, and also searched many other types of boards when I was researching other topics. Probably more than 10

or 15 boards altogether. I know this is a miniscule percentage of all the boards one might find on the web, but I

was curious what types of discussions are more fruitful when the participants remain anonymous? (As I read that

sentence, I think it sounding snotty, and I don’t mean it that way. I am sure there are lots of topics that that

would be true for, I just can’t come up with any off the top of my head.)

Thanks!

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

Really both opinions have value, but it seems

quite unnecessary to log in under a whole bunch of names or one name if one doesn’t desire to do so.I do respect

both sides of the debate and enjoy reading these opinions. But I have to say i get a little resentful when reading

about how those that log in are kinder and gentler posters than guests.I do not find this to be true or accurate.i

have read many meanspirited (in my opinion anyways) posts that WERE from logged on /nicknames/whatever…..I think

the most peaceful answer is to let everyone be comfortable where they are, because I honestly don’t see the

logged in posters as necessarily being more accountable than the guests. Not from what I have read all year…Just

a thought from a guest

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

I think the real slanderous statements that have

been posted on this boardhave definately come from more posters behind the guise of “guest” than not. And if they

haven’t then at least we know who the member is that wrote the slanderous remark. I have to agree that we need to

be responsible for what we say. We still have our freedom to say what we wish, but in the real world we are held

accountable for what we say. I would like this forum to be one that I can learn, from others, share ideas and

agree, or disagree with others but do so in a kind, and professional manner. This is why I think we should

register. What are we afraid of? That we might act out of control, and we want to make sure nobody knows who we

are? If I ever want to act this way, I will remember to sign in as a “guest.”

Melissa said: Feb 19, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

Oops! forgot to log-in. That’s “honeybee” who

last post.

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

Yikes, Honeybee that was pretty harsh words to say

the least.Thanks for thinking so positively of “guests”-your kind words really are heartwarming??!!! I don’t

understand where the venom comes from. All I can tell you is that I do my best to write interesting yet polite

postings.But perhaps this is not as welcoming a forum as I had previously thought. your words certainly indicate a

negative vibe, which makes me feel most unwelcome. I appreciate differing opinions, but I don’t think we need to

be catty….It’s a shame you feel you would log in as a guest if you wanted to be mean…..or does this

demonstrate that even those that log in are not afraid to point fingers and be mean?I am left feeling dismayed and

a bit hurt by your words. Perhaps we should all be a bit kinder on this forum.[/box]

Melissa said: Feb 19, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

I think my words are being twisted by “guest”

whoever you are.
I never said all guests are mean and slanderous.
I am only

saying that it is much easier to be mean and slanderous when you do not have any reputation to protect, in other

words remaining anonymous.
There has been lovely, constructive and by no means mean or slanderous comments

from guests, and I am sure there will continue to be, if this forum continues to allow “guest” posts. I posted

often as a “guest” and never because I wanted to be mean.

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

honeybee

I think my words are being

twisted by “guest” whoever you are.
[box]

Hello again. I appreciate your reply. I

honestly was not trying to twist your words, and who am I?Just a violin teacher who calls themself “guest” rather

than honeybee, or any other name. No more important than anyone else and just trying to use this forum. I am not

trying to say anything negative about you ,I just was a bit taken back by your comments. Obviously I must have

truly misunderstood them.No harm intended as I am sure you mean no harm(not being sarcastic here).I am not hiding

or lurking.I am a supportive guest who appreciates this forum as you do.It is a shame we have misunderstood each

other’s intentions.Peace!

[/box]

Ghost People said: Feb 19, 2005
 93 posts

[box]honeybee

I think my words are being

twisted by “guest” whoever you are.

[color=red]Hello again. I appreciate your reply. I

honestly was not trying to twist your words, and who am I?Just a violin teacher who calls themself “guest” rather

than honeybee, or any other name. No more important than anyone else and just trying to use this forum. I am not

trying to say anything negative about you ,I just was a bit taken back by your comments. Obviously I must have

truly misunderstood them.No harm intended as I am sure you mean no harm(not being sarcastic here).I am not hiding

or lurking.I am a supportive guest who appreciates this forum as you do.It is a shame we have misunderstood each

other’s intentions.Peace![/color]

Melissa said: Feb 19, 2005
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

thank you!

Jackie said: Feb 20, 2005
 Violin
1 posts

I hesitate to contribute to this thread because I think that

most sides have been presented, some graciously and some not so graciously. It is hard sometimes to remain calm

when someone disagrees with our positions on ideas near and dear to our hearts, not to mention our children and

students. As the Suzuki method brings all types of people to together and allows us to take each child on his or

her own terms, we need to realize that many different personalities come to this forum for help, or to help or

just out of curiosity. Although it is probably more likely that someone would post slanderous statements

anonymously, I think that these type of messages can be found pretty much in equal numbers among those that

identify themselves in some way. Some of us, would prefer to remain anonymous, not because we have something to

hide,but as in my case, because we are shy. It is just part of who we are intrinsically. Others may have other

reasons as benign as mine, and truthfully I regret that I would have to defend whatever these reasons might be.

Also be requiring posters to register, we me indeed be infringing on their free speech, if by being anonymous is

the only way they feel they can venture a question or comment on this post. In other words “IT IS TIME TO MOVE

ON,” everybody. If you want to be known, be known, if you want to be a guest then “BE OUR GUEST” Love from

(you guessed it) GUEST”

Ghost People said: Feb 20, 2005
 93 posts

Hear hear!!

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