I don't see what's pointless about weighing all the pros and cons - if you think it's pointless, you didn't have to participate, but you did anyway, so it was at least important enough for you to to bother writing a reply
As a user, however small, of PunBB I tend to notice threads that start off attacking the feature set of a fine package. I felt this is the way this thread started. It would have been very simple to make a feature request for login option to disable the email requirement (which I think would make you happy) when posting as a guest. And perhaps a simple explanation why you would like this feature. Perhaps just my way of looking at things.
What sort of forum do you run, where you expect 10 dumbass kids for every user? ... on our forums, we have about 600 users and 15000 posts, it's been running for about 2 years - we've never been hit by trolls or spam bots yet, I really only think that happens to very large forums? I doubt if anyone would bother hitting a forum as specialized as ours with spam...
Well, currently not much. But as developer of phpCOIN for initial relases, it was quite busy. Within a year, probably close to 1000 users and 4-5000 posts. I had to clean up ads / stupid remarks / unrelated spamming / etc. probably about a dozen or so times a week. Also I said for every intelligent guest input, I had to deal with 10 dumbass comments. Not for every user as you quoted. I still think that is realistic.
Also I see plenty of "public discussion" sites where there are worthless posts that degrade the actual topic of discussion. Nothing worse than digging through several pages of a thread to read a dozen worthwhile posts.
I look at the statistics, and see the same 4-5 users answering most of the questions. I would like for every passer-by to be able to contribute their knowledge, with a minimum amount of hassle - not only are many of the more skilled and experienced users too busy to bother with a registration, they're also smart enough to know that entering your real email address on a forum potentially means stepping into a spamtrap; if not by forum admins collecting your email addresses, then by email harvesters picking it up.
Perhaps you're putting to much emphasis on your preferences when passing by. Most forums will let guests posts, and while I consider myself fairly busy, I surely don't mind one extra field to post my thoughts, and as I said autofill generally does it for me. Also- most people tend to have some ego component that they will want credit for their thoughts.
But every forum has it's own needs - we're merely trying to figure out what ours are
Sorry, like I said I saw it as a complaint about punbb features, when in reality it is a simple feautre request.
What you're arguing is personal preference of different users. I don't think you'll change any minds, so why push it.
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