<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Alias? Anonymous?
Don't count on it! Use the alias as a "nickname", but not as a disguise!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
As Panther has mentioned, it is easy to find out someones identity. The IP address can be used to trace the host name. Other information can be attained also.
Unfortunately... People who want to slam someone else, usually do so with the disguise of the username, and then change service providers before they can be traced. This will not always work either.
From Sensei Mattson's post: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote
On occasion the person wrote something in anger and regretted sending it out. Most of the time, I simply misread the intension of the post. Instead of firing off a fast and cutting response, causing further anger and escalating the problem, my tactic saves a relationship and prevents me from looking like a jerk by overreacting to a harmless post.
I like it! Take time to think before responding. I have regretted writing some statements that I thought would offend someone. I do not intentionally mean to offend anyone, but some could take offense of a word not used in context. Using words like "property" to describe somones wife or girlfriend would be one example. We need to carefully think of what we write and say before we post our thoughts.
Once again, it is wise to use a word processor to draft your posts. You just copy and paste them into the reply box when you are done editing and re-reading them.