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Message Posted: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 @ 15:41:04 GMT
Victor Sokovin wrote:
As administrator, I want to take advantage of Victor's comment and share some insight into Anomy.Anom (over the years, it's been kind of interesting). I agree with Victor and I would like to add a couple of my thoughts.
Knowing quite a few of the TeradataForum's members, I was disappointed that some would never speak-up due to:
- lack of confidence
- the policies of their employers
- and there are those who like to throw stones, but aren't willing to be targets in turn.
I created Anomy with the goal of encouraging everybody to speak-up and if masking their identities is what it took, then so be it. For the most part, I'm pretty happy with the results.
The majority of the people who use Anomy do so because of shyness and lack of confidence. They typically post a couple of times and then start making regular posts. The Anomy poster quickly discovers that their questions are taken seriously and there's little reason to be anonymous. This speaks well of the TeradataForum's members - as a group, there's no question that sharing knowledge/experience has taken priority. Kudos (and thanks) to all.
There's only a few long-time Anomy posters. For the most part, I believe that they use Anomy because of company policies.
At the same time, it's hard to be completely comfortable with an Anomy.Anom poster - after all, you don't know who has posted or whether there's some kind of agenda behind the question. Over the years, I've noticed that Anomy posts aren't always given the same weight as regular posts and some have never been answered. That's to be expected - it's the risk of posting as Anomy.Anom.
There have been a few stone throwers, but they haven't stayed around long. Generally a couple of posts and they drop from the TeradataForum. There's been a few off-list responses which were helpful, some were whiny and a couple involved the parking lot at 3:00.
There's been a couple of people where it took me a while to realize what they were doing. They would anonymously post questions that they had found in the archives (from one forum or another). They would then wait an hour or two and then send a regular post with the answers given in the archives - effectively taking credit for the answer. I guess they were trying to look good. Whatever, they were shown the door (and the posts purged) as soon as I discovered what was going-on. After all, Anomy only works if there is a measure of creditability to it.
So the bottom-line with Anomy.Anom is that it has been very useful in getting people to speak-up. If you're not sure about an Anomy post, then ignore it. On the other hand, I would encourage you to take the chance and make the effort to include Anomy in our discussions - they probably have a lot more to say.
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