Quantcast
  • Register
PhysicsOverflow is a next-generation academic platform for physicists and astronomers, including a community peer review system and a postgraduate-level discussion forum analogous to MathOverflow.

Welcome to PhysicsOverflow! PhysicsOverflow is an open platform for community peer review and graduate-level Physics discussion.

Please help promote PhysicsOverflow ads elsewhere if you like it.

News

New features!

Please do help out in categorising submissions. Submit a paper to PhysicsOverflow!

... see more

Tools for paper authors

Submit paper
Claim Paper Authorship

Tools for SE users

Search User
Reclaim SE Account
Request Account Merger
Nativise imported posts
Claim post (deleted users)
Import SE post

Users whose questions have been imported from Physics Stack Exchange, Theoretical Physics Stack Exchange, or any other Stack Exchange site are kindly requested to reclaim their account and not to register as a new user.

Public \(\beta\) tools

Report a bug with a feature
Request a new functionality
404 page design
Send feedback

Attributions

(propose a free ad)

Site Statistics

123 submissions , 104 unreviewed
3,547 questions , 1,198 unanswered
4,549 answers , 19,356 comments
1,470 users with positive rep
410 active unimported users
More ...

Can we stop new/anonymous users during the private beta?

+ 0 like - 1 dislike
82 views

The private beta should be for people who you know personally, or at least can identify by real name, so that you don't get trolls. There's a fellow called "physicsnewbie" who I don't recognise, and wasn't at theoretical physics, and whose name doesn't seem to indicate much experience. But, still, physicsnewbie had a good logo idea.

I am not comfortable with anonymous users at this stage, we should know who everyone is in real life, because it is easy to sabotage new things using trolls.

Who are you, physics newbie? Are you a student? A physicist?

asked Feb 23, 2014 in Feature Request by Ron Maimon (7,295 points) [ no revision ]
recategorized Mar 8, 2014 by dimension10

Do you know who Dilaton and Dimension10 are personally?

-1: I completely disagree. Physicsnwebie probably also signed up for the private beta. 

Yes, Dilaton I know from email exchanges (personal enough), and Dimension 10 from various interactions. I just don't know who you are, that's all, it's weirding me out.

2 Answers

+ 3 like - 0 dislike

I'm someone who emailed the administrator of this site with a request to participate in its testing. A verifiable email account should do just fine.

I agree that anonymous posting shouldn't be allowed here, which I accidently did with one of the questions here, but I can't change it to my username, as I'm able to do for answers.

answered Feb 23, 2014 by physicsnewbie (-20 points) [ no revision ]

Ok, upvoted, you have a nice logo idea, but it would help if you could reveal your "real life" identity, just so we know who's who. There are people who have long grudges at the stackoverflow site, and no hostility, they are welcome, but I for one would like to know who's who at this particular stage, because then it helps understand who supports what for what reason.

+ 2 like - 0 dislike
The beta site is hidden by its URL, which has been given only to those people who explicitely subscribed per valid email. Polarkernel has ensured that the search engines of Google are kept out at this stage. In case of really bad trolls, saboteurs, and spammers creeping in here, Q2A offers efficient enough methods to deal with them ... The issue of anonymous participation should proably be brought up at some point too, but I would wait until we have a larger community before deciding such things. We may also treat this issue seperately concerning the Main and Refereeing category for example.
answered Feb 23, 2014 by Dilaton (4,175 points) [ no revision ]

when it's a large community, you have to be really, really careful about labelling people "trolls" or "saboteurs", because even with the best intentions, you get Soviet style nightmares. It's very easy for people to gang up on somebody who is criticizing something and say "troll!" "saboteur!", even if the criticism is cogent (I had it happen to me many times). The easiest way now is to know everybody, because there are only a few dozen or so people around. When the site is live, the easiest way is to require real identities, and verify it with a quick skype session or something, so that you know you don't have sock-puppets. For trolls, this is difficult, you need a moderation system which can deal with this, but perhaps simply requiring staying on-topic, non-redundant, and original, is sufficient to discourage any attempt at trolling.
 

Your answer

Please use answers only to (at least partly) answer questions. To comment, discuss, or ask for clarification, leave a comment instead.
To mask links under text, please type your text, highlight it, and click the "link" button. You can then enter your link URL.
Please consult the FAQ for as to how to format your post.
This is the answer box; if you want to write a comment instead, please use the 'add comment' button.
Live preview (may slow down editor)   Preview
Your name to display (optional):
Privacy: Your email address will only be used for sending these notifications.
Anti-spam verification:
If you are a human please identify the position of the character covered by the symbol $\varnothing$ in the following word:
p$\hbar$ys$\varnothing$csOverflow
Then drag the red bullet below over the corresponding character of our banner. When you drop it there, the bullet changes to green (on slow internet connections after a few seconds).
To avoid this verification in future, please log in or register.




user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required

Your rights
...