Anonymity and Online Community: Identity Matters
Many popular websites such as Wikipedia offer little differentiation between the experience and tools available to registered users and to anonymous visitors. Many active users of such websites may, therefore, be virtually unknown to their hosts. As most party hosts knows, it's usually the people who just "show up" and that you don't know who can create the biggest headaches. As Wikipedia's recent scandals demonstrate, this decision poses several site management headaches.
Well designed membership systems can allow community managers to head off trouble before it hits the national news. This article provides an understanding of why online identity matters and offers six steps to help you build stronger online communities. A List Apart: Articles: Anonymity and Online Community: Identity Matters
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