I want to ask a question anonymously. How do I do that?

asked 04 Oct '09, 14:17

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True anonymity is really really hard to get on the internet. Check out the privacy policy if you want all the gory details. However, on moms4mom you can get relative anonymity pretty easily. Assuming you're not logged in, click on the Ask Question button in the upper right corner. You'll notice at the bottom of the page there are two options for identifying yourself. Either you use an OpenID, or you just enter a Name, Email, and a Home Page. The Name, Email and Home Page don't have to be true or accurate. It only uses the email address to generate the Gravatar (picture) beside your name.

Now, your IP address will be logged by the software, and administrators and moderators would have access to that, so it's not total anonymity, but it would be quite a bit of work to try and track you down by your IP address, and that IP address isn't shown publicly.

We would only use the IP address either to cross reference it against other posts to help us determine if two abusive posts were by the same user, or I suppose if you did something illegal and the police contacted us, they would be able to force us to give up the IP address.

Otherwise, if you just have a very personal question and you don't want everyone to know who you are, this system allows you to ask your question with a reasonable amount of privacy, so ask away.

Note that your question should still meet all the guidelines in the faq, or it will probably get closed or deleted.


answered 04 Oct '09, 14:27

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Wouldn't hurt to clear your cookies after you log out as well.

(04 Oct '09, 14:30) Emu

If you're logged in, just click "log out".


answered 09 Nov '09, 03:38

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