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Posted by Coordinator on September 04, 2011 at 06:43:05

In Reply to: Re: "Halt! Who goes there?" posted by Farmer on September 02, 2011 at 20:46:17:

It can be pretty annoying when you don't know who you're dealing with. When people don't introduce themselves it creates an impression of sniping--someone firing a shot from the cover of anonymity.

We've had to ask the odd poster ourselves to speak plainly about their membership. Sometimes it's so obvious they are members, yet they deny it and masquerade as ex-members, and all they ever do is try to blur the lines about everything, essentially even their own membership status.

Still, I think it's not always necessary to confront someone about whether they are in or out right off the bat. I would suggest trying to reply as far as you can without asking "who" it is you're dealing with, until it becomes impossible to do so because you need context or suspect obfuscation.

The "Halt! Who goes there?" term comes from Shakespeare, and it was traditionally used by the military. I used that as the subject line to demonstrate the state we (coordinators and regular posters like you) can find ourselves in when dealing with shots fired in the dark. I wasn't a taking pot shot at you! :-)

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