Re: Should the _Times_ be anonymous?

Steve Chapin (
Tue, 23 Aug 1994 11:43:06 -0700

Although I just sent in a TIMES order proposal, I'll argue against it.

Why? Because it's pointless to have authentication be optional (proof
below). So we either have all authenticated posts, or none. Having
all posts be authenticated will eliminate shady press, and we don't
want that. So the only thing left is unauthenticated press, which we
have now.

Why is optional authentication useless? Because I can just spoof the
authentication. Players will want to submit formatted press (fancy
banners, centered text, etc.) so we have to preserve formatting. If
we preserve formatting, I can just post an anonymous note with a
spoofed authentication.

Ergo, it aint broke. Don't fix it.



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