ADMIN NOTE: On anonymity and Tidefans...

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Senior Administrator
Staff member
Oct 13, 1999
Huntsville, AL,USA
This is just a word on Tidefans' policies and personal information. This is prompted by some misguided remarks made by a recently banned member on his way out of the door. Several years ago, and after considerable debate, the decision was made to require "real" email addresses in order to register for Tidefans. IOW, no more Hotmail, Yahoo, etc., addresses. This was prompted by the realization that a very small percentage of our members caused the major proportion of problems for our mods and their fellow members, and almost all of them had "throwaway" email addresses, which enabled them to register over and over and continue to cause problems. At that same time, we decided that any member would be required to give his or her basic identification information upon request or be suspended, then removed, unless they became more forthcoming. Again, this was to protect the site and its members. The principle involved is that no one with nothing to hide would mind such a request. The member I mentioned above obviously had a great deal to hide. He'd registered three times (at least) before, and he'd been banned under those identities. To repeat, this is not a change in policies - it's just a reiteration of what has been in place and it's being repeated because the individual's remarks mentioned above might give some the mistaken impression that their personal identification is somehow private, when it's definitely not on Tidefans.


Staff actions between staff and a member are strictly private...

They are not up for discussion nor a majority vote. This has always been true. Starting threads concerning staff action will endanger the posting privileges of members persisting in doing so. Please keep this in mind before you touch your keyboard...​
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Publisher and Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Apr 9, 1999
Just a follow-on note to say that should your info be requested by one of the admins, it will not be shared with any other members and will only be used in confirming you are (or are not) who you said you were. We have various ways to identify where posters are posting from (ISP, IP, etc etc etc). We only use this info to identify and prevent multiple signups from single users who are here to cause trouble or who have been banned and want to sneak back in.
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