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Anonymity on the internet, another view

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avatar Supernova666
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Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
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I have seen many blogs recently about being anonymous on the internet and why it important, this is not the usual, "keep private or you'll have your identity stolen type blog". This is more of a why is the idea of anonymity kept on the internet even with how easy it is to share details, and why anonymity should be kept.

In this blog I am sure there will be some people disagree with what I say, please do not be offended, and if you are, please do not shout about your opinion being fact. I am open to intelligent discussion, however.

First of all, what is anonymity?
Anonymity is defined as not being identified by name. This means not knowing who someone or knowing any information about that, such as age, gender or ethnicity. For example, just showing a username or ID, such as Supernova666 or 03634846.


Why is anonymity important?
Anonymity is important as, not only does it keep your personal  information private, it allows people to judge you for the content you post, and how you behave on the internet, instead of preconceived ideas, or schemas, about people of that gender, age or ethnicity.

I am sure many of you reading this will have heard of The Rules Of The Internet. Rules 16 is "There are no girls on the internet". There is the famous reason for this, that any girl is actually an FBI agent. There is an alternative view, a view I prefer. There are no girls on the internet actually promotes equality. Now I am sure many feminists and do-gooders will argue "why could it not be the other way around", and have there are no boys on the internet. I have heard many reasons for this, I shall bring two to the table, the first is that stereotypically boys are more interested in gaming/computers/the internet. The second, and more controversial reason is, girls are made fun of more than boys. It only makes sense that everyone is brought "up" to the status of male, than they are being taken "down" to the status of female. I believe this is very unfair, but it is sadly true. Back on message now. Having everyone seen as male (I'd rather it be seen as gender neutral, and have people used instead) it means that everyone is treated equally. The reason for this is, in real life girls are able to flirt or use being a women their advantage to get things that a male could not get, for example sympathy, or a free drink at a bar. Males can use being a male to their advantage too in real life, for example generally being paid more than females for the same job, this does not happen in all cases, however sex discrimination acts have been brought in to help reduce gender inequalities. With everyone being seen as one it means that no one person is treated differently than others based on their gender. When a girl says they are a girl on the internet, it is for one of two reasons. Firstly, they want people to know about them, they want to be an individual and not another faceless user. This is fine. The second reason is because people want to use being a female as a way to gain attention. This is not ok. This is the reason for a term which I am sure many of you know, but I won't type. For more information about the famous phrase and why it is used, please PM me, please bear in mind it will contain adult words.

What I am trying to say with that last wall of text was, that with everyone being seen as male/the same they can be judged on their content and how they behave. Using gender as a way to get attention, in my view, is not ok. This is the reason why I do not reveal mine, I want to be judged for what I contribute to the site, not because of my gender.

I try to keep myself as gender neutral as possible on the internet, this is not how I act in real life, but I prefer people to judge me without bias or prejudgments online. If you see me in chat, every now and then someone will bring up an old question, what is my gender. I will never answer this as I don't want people to make judgments based off of my gender. If anyone does know and puts it in the comments, the comment will be removed, please do not.


How is this related to PMC?
This is all related to PMC as far too often I see people saying "I am a female" to me, this says "I am a female, give me attention because I am a female". When people give more detail about themselves, that is fine, that is them expressing individuality. A stand alone statement about them being a girl is not ok, in my view. I like seeing people post new quality content, I really do. I also really like people getting popular because they deserve to because they post high quality content.


To sum up
In all, I love anonymity as it allows us to be equal, people who are judged based on behaviour, and contributions to the site. Once we lose our anonymity we lose our ability to be "free" and able to shape ourselves with no restrictions that we face in our normal everyday lives.
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05/12/2015 4:59 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Blockhead
Mine Maus Craft
Once I chatted with someone about Minecraft. About my projects and about the projects of the other person and I thought the person would be one type of gender and I talked to that person the way I usually talk to persons with this gender and then we got to the team speak and I found out that the gender I thought the person was, was wrong. That was so strange for me because it was the first time it happened to me and I was so surprised!
So nice blog, I hope you understand me cause I tried not to use any specific gender. :-)
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05/12/2015 7:05 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
I completely understand. It's amazing how we just assume things about people without any knowledge to back up our thoughts, feelings and ideas about that person.
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07/05/2014 2:36 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
SnailGaming
I don't think I've ever been called a FBI agent XD
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07/05/2014 3:21 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
You're an FBI Agent.
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07/05/2014 3:55 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
SnailGaming
Dangit...
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07/05/2014 8:04 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
In all seriousness, it can be worryingly easy to find information; name, age location, pictures etc, even if they're an FBI Agent.
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07/05/2014 9:13 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
SnailGaming
Yeah,what about a female FBI agent?
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07/06/2014 3:12 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
I umm... That... Errmm.... Well... I.... I have no idea.
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06/30/2014 10:50 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Archer
PumpkinKing15
I think in minecraft all of these teen skin just give away gender too quickly.
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07/01/2014 2:35 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
They do, very much so.
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07/01/2014 11:25 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Archer
PumpkinKing15
It gets really weird when a guy wears a girl skin to take advantage of people.
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07/01/2014 11:29 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
It's usually called trolling. It's great fun.
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07/01/2014 11:44 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Archer
PumpkinKing15
l_l !!!
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06/19/2014 10:58 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Architect
zeus127
Cool beans bro!
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06/19/2014 11:06 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Zues! You're back!
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06/19/2014 7:18 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Architect
zeus127
Just stopping in !


<3
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06/19/2014 7:39 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
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06/20/2014 10:28 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Architect
zeus127
Ok for you :>
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06/20/2014 10:44 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
<3
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05/23/2014 10:16 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Scribe
Jiloacom
What I really hate, is when girls flaunt the fact that they're a girl, (on a MC server none the less,) then get mad when people start "shifting" them, then runs to PMC and writes another "Girls should be treated fairly, boys are dumb and should go to heck" sexism blog.
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05/23/2014 12:31 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
You're not alone.
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05/29/2014 3:57 pm
Level 47 : Master Blockhead
Happs
I went into Mineplex with a girl skin... never again...
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05/23/2014 9:26 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Dragonborn
Aquatta
THANK YOU for making this blog. Just. Thank you. 

It's a really great blog, but I might go back and proofread it? Haha, anyways: it was an amazing read and I'm glad there are other people who understand anonymity and are able to share it with the world.
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05/23/2014 9:37 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
That's my pleasure. Any specific bits did I need to proof read?
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05/23/2014 9:20 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Dragonborn
Aquatta
"The second, and more controversial reason is. Secondly girls are made", "contributions to the site, once we lose our anonymity". Those are the real, main things, really. I would suggest working on run on sentences, though. cx But it's not that bad, really.
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05/24/2014 3:33 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Thank you for showing me these. Both Jetra and I proof read it, not sure how we missed it, might be something to do with doing this at 1am.
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05/22/2014 6:52 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Network
irritatedCat
Yeah, I think anomity is important because I see some boys acting and saying,"When I see a girl, I meet her and make friends with her on Minecraft." Well, do you do that with other boys? I didn't think so.


Also, lot's of people complain on how there is un-orginal skins. Yet, the most popular skinners make girl teen skins!
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05/23/2014 7:33 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
That's the internet for you, people trying to do what they fail to do in real life, not that that is always a bad thing though.
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05/22/2014 1:27 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lad
3D
Great blog, kind of make my eyes go weird when reading that block of text ;)
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05/23/2014 7:30 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Thanks. that was totally my plan...
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05/22/2014 12:30 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Minnoid
I thought that this would be a short post, not a freaking wall!

Anyway, 10/10 c:<
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05/23/2014 7:30 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Thank you.
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05/22/2014 8:09 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
10/10 blog
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05/22/2014 9:39 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
10/10 gal
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05/22/2014 5:48 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Programmer
Reec3ty
le upvote
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05/22/2014 6:26 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
REECE! Come back bby.
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05/22/2014 7:01 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Programmer
Reec3ty
Haha, after some of the content I see on the pop reel and state of forums, I feel the urge to moderate coming back.

BUUUT, god damn first-year of uni and already I've had a buttload on my plate. (also PC mestr raec gamin on Steam to relieve stress). I still talk to Charz and Aamdahl on Steam haha
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05/22/2014 9:44 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
But you can moderate when you have a tiny amount of free time, and play games with more mods. There's only a few of the mods from our round of promotions still here, come back.
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05/22/2014 10:13 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Programmer
Reec3ty
Beh, exam block is coming up and then after that a whole free month of free time. Maybe THEN I might come back and see if I can handle it :p

But I mean, between full-time uni studies (4 courses), part-time casual work, studying, Reddit and gaming, I don't know :/

dis is y we need dem kidz 2 tek care of site modin'
pros:
dere extrodinry mad skillz
cons:
not aussi like me el-oh-el
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05/23/2014 7:30 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Sounds like you have a full life. Share it with us?

My mad skillz are over 9000.
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05/21/2014 10:34 pm
Level 20 : Expert Farmer
knz123playsmc
I prefer to have an uknown gender too. So people can look at my drawings with no pre-conceived notions. Nice blog very true points were brought up.
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05/22/2014 4:41 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Thanks, the bottom comment on this post also brings up some good points.
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05/21/2014 1:54 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
eagoy
Tis that the male/female part gets the most of this blog than other statements otherwise I think it would be a better blog.
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05/21/2014 2:50 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
I will add more to the blog when I get a chance.
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05/21/2014 2:56 am
Level 48 : Master Artist
DaddyLogic
I agree; (Didn't even read the blog)
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05/21/2014 10:05 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
McJackson3180
That's potato logic
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05/21/2014 2:57 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
I agree with whatever you said, didn't even read the comment.
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05/20/2014 9:53 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
McJackson3180
But I'm a girl you don't understand!!!1!1!1..
yeah that makes me angry too, it seems that nobody notices it either. I never see guys randomly go and say they are a dude compared to how much girls do it.
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05/21/2014 2:53 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
Yes, the random stating of being a girl, can all too often be a cry for attention.
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05/21/2014 2:55 am
Level 48 : Master Ladybug
Rox
ur a girl, you dont understand!!!1!1
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05/21/2014 10:06 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
McJackson3180
was a girl
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