UMWBTS Anon

This website offers truly anonymous posting in the style of other websites like 4chan.org. This is an experiment intended for use by students in the 'Beyond the Selfie' FSEM. This website will self-destruct by the end of the semester.
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1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-15 20:17 ID:bKleDWlV [Del]

I think the video and discussions from this week were very interesting. I can understand why people would want to be anonymous but I don't believe in the use of anonymity to bully someone over the internet. People can definitely be harmed from anonymous comments online that are mean. I don't think you can ever really eliminate anonymity online. Even if all the anonymity related apps were deleted, people can still use user names to be anonymous. We can try and make people more aware of the consequences of bullying online.

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1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-13 16:46 ID:vwbc3ILx [Del]

I thought that the readings and videos from this week were very interesting. I didn't realize how strong the online anonymous  community is and how extreme users on sites such as 4chan were about anonymity, trolling, and exploitation. Our group chose the Harvard Wikipedia edits and found that many of the edits were made by the university or on Wikipedia sites in Asian countries. Many of the edits were very minor or cleaned up pages to make them sound better or more appropriate. I think that there are some benefits to anonymous social media and that it does allow people to open up more freely, however, this can also lead to cyberbullying and harassment online. Many things posted on anonymous social media are harmless, but there have been some cases in which it has caused an issue. I'm not sure if the harm caused by anonymous social media outweighs it's benefits because there are less instances of harmful behavior online than not.  It would not be realistic to ban anonymous social media, but there could be some level of censorship on the things that are nasty and inappropriate.

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Anonymity; Positive or Negative (1)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-13 11:54 ID:7R32o/O9 [Del]

I feel that these issues should be brought to peoples attention. There are times where it is appropriate to misrepresent ourselves or hide our identity, like if someone is in the witness protection program, they need to create a completely different identity. If we are using social media, or the internet, in a negative way it can be harmful to our overall online lives because people will retaliate and be negative back to you. The harm does not outweigh the inherent benefit of our online lives because I believe that there are more positive people in the cyber world than there are negative. I don't believe we need to take a more proactive step to ban or prohibit anonymity because we have a freedom of speech in America, whether it be positive or negative.

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Anonymity Online (1)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-12 11:53 ID:R8DzEg3W [Del]

I only use anonymity on yik yak and tumblr. I have recently refrained from getting on these two websites since it seem a bit pointless to me but the times I have used anonymity was usually to ask a question. On tumblr, my question tend to be a bit pointless, it's either to ask the person where they got their theme or where the picture they have taken is located. A few times, I have given opinions on things that the people I follow ask. On yik yak, I either ask questions that I want to know about the campus. At what time a certain building closes? When they open? Other kinds of on campus informations. This was usually at the beginning of the year but I have grown out of it and don't even open the app anymore.

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Anonymity Online (1)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-11 23:35 ID:ghu48hfv [Del]

My only experience with anonymity online has been with Yik Yak. I’ve used numerous social media and just general internet sites before, however all of which required you to identify yourself in some way. Most people have a negative view about Yik Yak, I haven’t personally had any issues with it. For me Yik Yak is a place to view people’s honest opinion about my school and my school’s community. Misrepresentation online is completely different situation. I think blatantly misrepresenting yourself online is wrong. I don’t mean making yourself seem cooler by only including interesting and exciting information about yourself; I mean saying that your name or age is something completely false. The only personal experience I have had with someone misrepresenting themselves online was in middle school when someone who claimed to be Justin Bieber (who quite clearly was not) friended me on Facebook. I didn’t accept their request and I moved on with no impact on my life.

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1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-09 11:07 ID:Tgdop8Oo [Del]

I’ve never run into a problem with anonymity online. I try not to put myself into situations where I could potentially run into a problem with them. I have used yik-yak before, I’ve never chosen to be anonymous to bully someone or say mean things. Usually I try to post funny yaks, being anonymous has never ended poorly for me online. No one has tried to bully me while being anonymous either. I’ve never had a bad experience with anonymity online. I can see how people would have problems though. Being anonymous allows you to say anything you want with no consequences.

2 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-09 11:29 ID:OD2s7x7m [Del]

The only time that I have been anonymous on social media is on yik yak. I enjoy using this site because sometimes I post things I wouldn’t be completely comfortable posting on twitter or Facebook. I do not think I have changed my identity at all on social media. No one’s anonymity or misrepresentation has impacted me.

3 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-09 11:39 ID:OD2s7x7m [Del]

The only experience that I have had with online anonimity is with Yik Yak. Due to its privacy people post things on there that they normally would not post on twitter or Facebook. They post things that they do not want others to know they have said.

4 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-09 11:43 ID:OD2s7x7m [Del]

I feel as if online identity is a personal preference and if the person does not want others to know who they are then maybe sites such as Yik Yak would be good ways for them to stay in touch with social media sites. Anonymity can also be used when one does not want others to know that they posted something but they still want to know what others think about their post. In most cases that we use anonymous sites, they are used for negatives reasons.

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Anonymous (2)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 23:21 ID:c+3XxUO5 [Del]

I have chosen to be anonymous on a variety of online social media sites. I also play video games online, and I choose to remain anonymous except if I'm playing with people I actually know. I sometimes use Yik Yak because it's a good place to criticize things in a manor that wouldn't be appropriate in public. I believe harsh anonymous criticism evokes change more often because it gathers more attention. Sometimes having anonymous social media platforms can be annoying, because it can bring out the animistic qualities of people. If you take a look at yik yak at umw many instances of bullying occur such as making fun of a specific person because what they are wearing, or starting false rumors about somebody that are not true (which actually happened to somebody I know here). Asking for sex and for hook-ups is also common on umw yik yak, and the amount of times people comply is downright disgusting. However, although these instances are common, I believe most people don't take apart in these kinds of posts, and instead use these anonymous platforms to post critcisms, or ideas that they wouldn't post publicly. I think that if people can look past the fact that there will always be people posting immature things, these anonymous platforms have great potential.

2 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 23:56 ID:EYIUHM53 [Del]

I'm like you buddy. Video games are awesome. I'm sorry to hear that someone you know has been bullied via Yik Yak. I've never seen any posts like that, perhaps because I don't spend much time on Yik Yak. The main things that I have seen people be "bullied" if you can call it that, is when someone asks for something where the answer can easily be found using the UMW website or another website. Such as what are the gym hours, which professors are "good" or "easy", or even the dining hours of the UC. To some extent I have to wonder why it is there are so many people that don't look up the answer that way.

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Anonymous (1)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 23:48 ID:Ts+QOlhd [Del]

My experiences with anonymity online have been few. Yik Yak is really the only place that I have been truly Anonymous. Other places would have been via a username, which is somewhat anonymous because it is not my name, and for the most part my account does not display my real name, yet perhaps with enough expertise it could be possible to find my name attached to the accounts. For those it would be through video games with PlayStation, Xbox, and Runescape (Jagex). Really with none of these do I feel as though being anonymous has ever really helped or hindered my online experiences, nor has anyone else's affected me.

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Online Anonymity (2)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 19:02 ID:+TU/CfZV [Del]

I can not think of a time when I chose to be anonymous online, but I have had some experience with yik yak. Once, I lost my key on campus walk and a little while later my friend sent me a screenshot of a yak saying that they had found someone's key. I asked her to comment back so that I could find him to get my key back, but he did not respond that night. The next day, I was eating and telling my friends how I lost my key and explained that someone had found it. Then, a guy sitting at a table across from us overheard me, and told me he was the one who found my key! Eventually, I did end up getting my key back so this was a great help! Anonymity online can be fun, but I feel that people have less of a filter when using this type of media and think less of the consequences of their behavior online which could end up badly.

2 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 22:14 ID:foisC3Qi [Del]

I completely agree. When these anonymous social medias are used in the right way, good things can come out of it. Unfortunately, the problem is that a majority of the time, they are completely misused and very bad things happen as a result.

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Anonymity (2)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 22:05 ID:g+ZR1TUm [Del]

The most recent experiences with anonymity that I have are on Yik Yak. To be honest, I do not understand why people feel the need to be so mean on it. If you actually go and look at the description for the Yik Yak app, you would realize how much it is abused. People use it for all the wrong reasons.
I have chosen to be anonymous on Yik Yak but not so I can pretend to be someone really mean. For example if someone asks a question about something on campus, I would try to answer the question.
Other peoples' anonymous identities have affected me in a hurtful manner.

2 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-08 22:10 ID:BmE0QWl6 [Del]

I agree! Some people use the advantages of being anonymous for abusing others and amusing themselves. That's the downside of anonymity

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