Here’s what I wrote to one of our members who was inquiring about emial and IP addresses being available to the person who creates a post:
This is interesting. I thought only I was seeing that info because I’m the admin. I’ve looked into the matter further.
It turns out that wordpress gives everyone who is an “author” (the default status given when a new user joins) the ability to see that information. The idea is to give every author control over their thread and know who is posting to it.
It can be changed, but it would take a lot of coding and changing the structure of the platform, which could cause trouble down the road. All that said, I’m starting to wonder if it might not be a good idea to keep it as is.
So, what I’ve decided to do for now (at least RIGHT now) is change the default user status – when they join – from “author” to “contributor.” We have now plenty of “authors” posting lots of content.
We can demote those “authors” who cause problems can be demoted, and others who are good “contributors” can be promoted to author.
In other words, this platform kind of makes the “author” of he post a king. He can control his posts, see the IP and email of the contributor, remove comments etc.
I was sort of taken aback by this (I wasn’t aware of these aspects), but I’m starting to warm to the idea of having over 100 “authors” entirely in control of their content. Almost like mini admins.
Then again, 100 is enough. This is why from now on, anyone who joins will default to “contributor.” They can only be promoted to “author” on a case-by-case basis. Conversely, “authors” who abuse their privileges or mishandle the leeway they’ve been given will be demoted to “contributor” on a case by case basis. New members will still be able to comment on threads, but not start new ones.
As an aside, the moderators – Tim, ecs220 (no you DIDN’T get rid of him in the changeover) and Tom are what’s called “editors.” They can change or delete nearly anything.
So, those of you who got in on the ground floor of the new building are the early birds who got the worm. Perhaps those who were more eager to get here will be better thread starters/content bringers? I would very much tend to think that the case.
You - the first hundred here - are the masters of your content. LET’S DO THIS.