I have been part of several forums over the years and I have NEVER seen a forum that let's people post without registering. Now, this is part of a newspaper I know, so it's a bit different. A lot of newspapers have "comment" section where no one needs to register, but this is truly a FOUM Format here.
Also the format here is very weak. The weekly could use a free forum format easily that would blow this in the weeds. Also, I think perhaps lately that the Weekly could use a few pleasanton resident moderators, as flames and attacks are on the rise. This using other peoples user names is bad.