The Lounge is rated PG. If you're about to post something you wouldn't want your
kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
While I love a good steak, and the only salad dressing I order is bleu cheese, they don't belong on the same plate. Deglaze the pan with a good merlot, and saute some portabello shrooms in it for a topping, by all means, but don't ruin the meat with cheese. Order a cheeseburger instead, if you must.
Those who sign up, make a brief foray into the Lounge, post a bit and leave after a short period, bored or offended or getting a life. I bet there have been hundreds if not thousands of them.
The permanent fixtures are few and far apart. Even fewer are those with less than four digit member IDs.
Then there are the sock puppets. I would post under my real identity, but that is too risky nowadays. Though we theoretically have freedom of expression, even the most casual statement could be misconstrued and come back to bite you on the behind. Since what is released onto the internet can never be truely retracted, it is not worth the risk.
I wonder how many members would be left if inactive accounts were wiped and members renumbered? (Remeber RENUM from the bad old days when editors couldn't move the caret location vertically? Like that) Around three times the online count, accounting for time zones? Maybe add another 50k for sporadic visitors?
I would post under my real identity, but that is too risky nowadays.
I made the decision a while back to post under my real name. I do find myself thinking a little harder about what I post but that can't be a bad thing. The notion that you can say whatever you want is fine but just because you can doesn't mean you should.
I'm sure I've made some contentious statements in the past and may well do so in the future but nothing I would be ashamed of or would be afraid to repeat.
It's a choice, I suppose: hide behind a pseudonym and say whatever you want or use your real name and think about what you say. I prefer the latter.
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