How to Ask Anonymous Questions

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Check out this step-by-step guide for asking an anonymous question on Experts Exchange.

Today’s world craves mass knowledge on everyone, in every platform, pertaining to any topic linked to you. With a rise in targeted marketing techniques and the creation of behavior analytics systems, our community members crave security, privacy, and anonymity whenever possible. In response to this need, and to continue fostering an environment members can turn to for support, solutions, and education, we created anonymous question capabilities. This new feature is available to our Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts!


Anonymous questions allow for ultimate anonymity by replacing users’ display names and avatars with our anonymous avatar, coupled with a text string detailing the anonymous submission of the content. As an added layer of protection, anonymous questions can only be viewed by Experts Exchange members and do not appear in common search engine queries. These measures protect our community—not only within our site, but throughout the internet as well.



Excited to test out this new feature? Let’s go over the basics!


Once a user logs in to their Experts Exchange account, they will click the “Ask a Question” button in the upper banner.



Clicking the button takes the user to the page viewed below (also found here).


As with every question submitted to the Experts Exchange community, the user will need to enter a question title, question description, and tag relevant topics.



This question is now ready for submission. But wait! The question relates to private matters and the user fears their competence may be challenged if anyone sees this question linked to their alias. Not a problem! The user simply clicks on the drop-down menu located beneath the question box that says, "Security". This provides the option to ask the question anonymously. 





By selecting "Anonymous", the user can feel secure knowing their question will never be linked to their alias on Experts Exchange and will not show up in general Google or Bing search queries.


To see a video version of these instructions, click here. Go ahead and enjoy asking questions anonymously!

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Comments (21)

ModalotEE Moderator
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Commented:
The discussion happens to be at https://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/218882/Feature-Update-Private-Question-becomes-Ask-Anonymously.html.

Geert,
please discuss that with the one having removed the question. There certainly has been a very good reason to remove it. As it is impossible for anyone to tell anything about the process until we have a link to the question, no one can provide something useful.

All,
we (Mods) cannot see anonymous questions you have asked by looking at your profile. We can, however, go into such a question (e.g. if we have a link, there is a request for attention, ...), and then take additional steps to see the real member. We need to be able to do that for enforcing policies, e.g. if there is rudeness or other stuff not allowed by the Terms of Use. Anonymous questions are bound to the same terms as conventional ones.
Rob JurdEE Advisor
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Geert,

As Modalot has indicated, please post in the discussion group.  I will be removing any further posts on this topic.

Rob (eenookami)
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Elisabeth GoldbergCustomer Support Specialist

Commented:
While I think this might be a great feature for some users, I personally don't use it as I am not afraid to ask a pertinent question if I need some help.
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Commented:
anonymous = = untrustworthy, you need to hide something
nowadays, the net is full of abuse because of this anonimosity : foul language use, scolding etc..
i find it a VERY bad idea to promote something like this

and yes - every option, even this one, has it's pro's - you have to weigh them against the cons

Commented:
I wish EE would separate this issue into to choices: Anonymous where anonymous is both user hidden and context not searcheable on internet vs Private where user is displayed, but context is no searchable on internet.  

I don't care to post questions anonymously, but, I do want my questions to NOT be searchable on internet, for security purposes.

Yes, I am careful to not post data that would make us vulnerable to attack, but I am a rank novice at IT and am more concerned with ensuring my data discussions are not seen by mean people around the globe.

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