Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Dec 14, 2008 at 7:07 pm
Gina Channell-Allen is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Rae, I apologize for the delay in my response.
Yes, there are a few upgrades being implemented on our Town Square site, and some come as a response to suggestions of users. However, the forum is not becoming a “registered user only” site and comments from anonymous posters will still be allowed. I refer back to the post “Anonymity allows open and diverse dialogue,” where I wrote that while there are drawbacks to anonymity, there are enough advantages that it is a positive attribute.
One of the drawbacks is the issue of “identity theft,” for lack of a better term. A few of our regular posters have been the targets of people using their online name. So our site developers have made it possible for registered users to lock in their public online name. If someone else tries to use that online name, and it doesn’t say “so and so is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly,” the poster is an imposter, for lack of a better term.
Registered users can track topics and have an email sent to them when a comment is made. A new benefit of being a registered user is that now, when a new topic is started, the poster will have the option of restricting comments to registered users only.
We have also added “Report Objectionable Content” link at the bottom of every comment to make alerting us easier and there is now a “share” icon so users can share via social networking sites. There is also a search capability for Town Square forums next to the search box at the top of the page.
** You agree not to post comments under multiple names. Postings within a single topic from the same IP address made under different names will be deleted.
** You agree not to make posts that are primarily intended to promote, or create links to another Website.
As for unsubscribing, I will have to get that information to you. I know you can edit your user information and unsubscribe from e-bulletins and our electronic digest Express, but I will ask how to remove the user name completely. Please check back here later this week.
Finally, thank you for pointing out the Palo Alto reference in the address portion of our registration form. And, more importantly, thank you for bringing your questions to the forum. Again, I apologize for the delay in my response.