toby is far by right. having people able 2 post without signing will always get us more information than if we all had to sign in. someone said above that everytime you post here you are working to build your reputation here. with that on mind, evertime someone have something to say that might come across negative or controversial they can say it without worry of ruining their reputation here. end result is an even more free flow of free thoughts which is what we want isn't it?
what amazing that even though you dont have sign anything here or login these forums still are worlds above all other forums and especially yahoo! and the crap and noise that goes on there. you do have to sign in there at yahoo! and it doesnt seem to stop any bashing at all. so to me its obvious that doing away with anonymous would do more harm than good. i think yahoo's yahoos have proven that. if a forum has a good moderator he can keep his forums in line and still allow anons like toby can. if the moderator is no good or just doesnt care the forums go to hell either way.
it's true, most time toby does know who anonymous is. think about that mr. anonymous the next time you decide to use your big mouth! rest assured that he wont tell you who it is if you ask him out of respect for them wishing to be anonymous so don't even bother asking. if i was toby i probably wouldnt have told that here. next thing he will be getting tons of "who is this guy anonymous in such and such post?" mail and private message to have to deal with in the nice friendly professional and efficient manner that he is known for. i have asked him on couple different occasions and got no where. today i respect toby more for that, and because of that we can know that we can post anyonymous if we want without fear of toby telling everyone who it was. so save your time and be nice enough to not even throw our forum moderator(who does very little to no moderating) into the postion of having to tell you that he cant tell you. he's good guy and doesnt deserve being put in that spot.
my vote(are we even voting?) is to leave the forums as they are. they didn't become the worlds number 1 kitesurfing forum any other way and its working great so far. keep up the good work and good forums toby. we all enjoy them.