Can we petition Expert-Exchange to restrict the asking of questions by Anonymous users?

Sean Bravener
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Can we request Expert-Exchange restrict the ability to ask anonymous questions?  The number of basic questions asked by anonymous users is staggering and is even getting to the point that it is causing EE to lose some of its credibility as an expert repository.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Yes.  Unfortunately they are all the same and have be treated all the same. We learn nuances about members with names that we help.
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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Can we request Expert-Exchange restrict the ability to ask anonymous questions?


I think you just did, but you asked it as a question, which seems hyperbolic and a bit droll, wouldn't you say?

The number of basic questions asked by anonymous users is staggering

By what standard?

Do you have any statistics regarding the ratio of annonymous/non-annonymous questions?

How many do you believe to be the correct ratio and why?

is even getting to the point that it is causing EE to lose some of its credibility as an expert repository.

Do you have any credible supporting evidence for your hypothesis?

Let me be frank in saying


I don't agree with the implied supposition that members should not be able to ask a question anonymously.

 The purpose is to allow experts to ask questions anonymously so as not to bruise anyone's ego or cause a loss of reputation or respect, as someone may know much about subject A and nothing at all about Subject B, but that does not make them stupid.

Restricting anonymous question asking just leads to experts making throw away accounts if they want to ask a questions that another expert (ostensibly yourself given this Q) would deride them for, when in fact they are just looking for help, as we all do from time to time
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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6 of the most recent 40 askers were Anonymous (15%). Not staggering, but sometimes it is more, not often less.  My measurement was based on count.

I have learned the particular style of Anonymous and a couple of times have successfully matched with member (very same style of writing)
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Sean BravenerSenior Information Technology Consultant

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"By what standard?"
when I see questions such as "what is a core" asked by anonymous, and "what is Vcpu" asked by anonymous, and "how do I learn Hyper-V" followed within 5 minutes by "what is VMWare" followed by another 25 such vague questions within a 24 hour period. I consider that staggering.  (this happened 3 weeks ago)
I later had a coworker show me the exact answers that were given on an exam braindump site.

That is the type of questions that I believe should be limited to users that identify themselves.  When I find answers that I provided on a pay site for exam taking, I find that the site I initially paid to be a member of and that I am now using my own experience and knowledge to try and improve losing credibility.

Now you can accuse me of being droll or whatever but I personally find these types of questions to be both unprofessional and uncalled for.  IF you need to hide behind an anonymous handle because you think that you will be looked down upon by your peers then there may be other issues
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I suppose I was wrong in that I could achieve a successful professional conversation to EE by asking a few questions.  I am closing this conversation as unsuccessful.

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Sean,


I see the same questions you did.

I am no one special, but am a long-time member of this site.

I one hundred percent agree with your stance regarding the vague questions - this is *Experts* exchange - not *can-you-help-me-pass-a-quiz* exchange
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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questions such as "what is a core" asked by anonymous, and "what is Vcpu" asked by anonymous, and "how do I learn Hyper-V" followed within 5 minutes by "what is VMWare" followed by another 25 such vague questions within a 24 hour period

Garbage questions are garbage.

And a user who is anonymous is not anonymous to E-E staff!

I thought that might be obvious, but obviously it was not.

I later had a coworker show me the exact answers that were given on an exam braindump site.

That is the type of questions that I believe should be limited to users that identify themselves.  When I find answers that I provided on a pay site for exam taking, I find that the site I initially paid to be a member of and that I am now using my own experience and knowledge to try and improve losing credibility.


If you have evidence of another site using E-E's content without their consent, you should be reporting those Qs to the topic admins for review.

Issues with stolen content existed before E-E implemented anonymous Qs, and someone who wants to post anonymously for profit could easily just create multiple temp accounts as needed.

All annonymous questions helped do are allow an engineer who is maybe a CCIE ask a dumb question about say Windows or vmware or linux or videogames without having someone look down their nose at them.

Whether that is a real or imagined barrier, it is still a valid barrier for anyone who may needs a little help or hasn't't the time, or wants to check others opinions.


If your goal is to be constructive post something with some stats on what issues you think exist, post some supporting evidence for your case, and post some constructive feedback on what changes could be made.

I suppose I was wrong in that I could achieve a successful professional conversation to EE by asking a few questions.  I am closing this conversation as unsuccessful.

Since you've closed this question at the first sign of a differing oppinion, I suggest you try posting it annonymously next time so that your first reaction on being challeneged to provide some support for your position will not be to rage quit.

site I initially paid to be a member of

I still pay to be a member, and alternatively provide answers to help others and get some free months as a perk, but I have no qualms
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
Distinguished Expert 2018
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Hi Sean,

Some of the basic questions may be being asked by a technology professional who has no experience in that particular field of technology.

If there is an issue with particular questions being asked please report the question so a member of the moderation or Member Experience teams can follow up with the author about their questions.

Let me know how I can address any of your other concerns.
Martin
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