Gary19966 months ago

serendipitybusiness said: ↑ I disagree, sometimes this is necessary to be able to truly give information without it reflecting on your business. For instance I have given seo advice on the forum before, I can do this freely as my profile cannot be linked to my clients, who have benefited from this but don't want their competitors to know who they are hiring and what they are doing. If I came out under my own name on here it would mean that I would not be able to share and advise as effectively as I do as I would always have to be careful about exactly what I say.Click to expand... This response doesn't work for me. I give advice on this forum that is open for all to read, including my competitors. I have nothing to hide. Your competitors can see the advice you publish anyway as it is a public forum so it doesn't matter whether you hide behind an avatar or not. I just think that the forum loses it's trust factor with more masked avatars hiding behind ridiculous fictitious names. Think about it. Who would you more readily trust? Steve Sellers who has his real name and company listed ... or ... havingagreattime who lists his name as Mexican Chicken? Anyone disagree?  

R2_Amazeballs5 months ago

Hi, My name is Peter, and I'm a copywriter based in North London. Self-employed for many years, I specialises in ads, sales collateral and websites, including SEO advice.  

petHead4 months ago

I disagree, sometimes this is necessary to be able to truly give information without it reflecting on your business. For instance I have given seo advice on the forum before, I can do this freely as my profile cannot be linked to my clients, who have benefited from this but don't want their competitors to know who they are hiring and what they are doing. If I came out under my own name on here it would mean that I would not be able to share and advise as effectively as I do as I would always have to be careful about exactly what I say. Others don't want to advise under their own name as they cannot discuss what is working for them in fear their competitors will know what they are doing but are happy to share information in a broader context. A forum was brought together originally to encourage open discussion, some people are more confident with anonymity than others. A forum offers that choice and as such creates a wider platform for information sharing for a wider variety of people. As for an avatar not everyone can stand photos of themselves, look at how many people put their kids on their profile photos for facebook!  

Red3 months ago
This topic has been discussed elsewhere
- see here