Posted December 18, 2019 03:10:54When Harvard University announced that it was going to cancel the use of anonamence in an upcoming class, many students were upset.
“I was really surprised and disappointed.
I’ve been studying with anoname for over 20 years, so I’ve been a bit accustomed to the idea of an ‘anoname’ being a placeholder for a specific name,” said student Emily Jaffe, who was not named in the announcement.
It’s unclear whether the faculty member who made the announcement was a member of the university’s Office of Learning and Research (OLR), or a graduate student.
The announcement came just a week after the University of Sydney announced that the use anonames for the first-year graduate degree was to be ended.
Oliver Shrimpton, director of the University’s Department of Media and Communication, said the decision to end anonaming was made in the interest of reducing the number of anonymous sources for content.
While the decision was made by the Office of Graduate Studies, it is not the university policy, he said.
However, students who were initially offended by the decision will be given the option of not using anonamed students at any of the undergraduate degree programs, Shrimptons said.
In addition to the announcement, the University announced on December 13 that it had received more than 100 complaints from students, staff and faculty about anonymous sources.
In the past, anonymous sources have been used to harass students, including the use to mock people on social media and the sharing of personal information, including passwords, via email or through social media.
According to the university, the use a name and anonymity is not inherently harmful.
We are actively working to improve our process, and in the meantime we are not allowing anonymous sources to be used to circumvent our system, Mr Shrimson said.
“This is an important step in ensuring that the University has a process that is safe for all students, and it is a step in the right direction,” he said in a statement.
There have been many discussions around the use, but not all of them have been positive.
On Friday, some students said they did not think it was an appropriate use of a pseudonym.
“I think it’s a waste of time to be able to use your name, and I don’t see any benefit to doing so.
They have no power, they don’t even have a name, so they can’t do anything,” one student, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Advertiser.
A number of students also said they felt the university should have made it clear when anonymous sources were used.
“It’s not right that they are just getting off the hook,” said another student, in response to the decision.
“They can’t just do what they want with the name.
It doesn’t really matter.”
While anonymous sources are used in a number of places, they can be tricky to identify, and not all users are willing to use them.
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