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We recently received a complaint from someone who did not want to complete the ADM membership application... Does ADM Require Too Much Information For Membership?
One of several principles that has made the ADM Professional Community different from other online sites is that members do NOT have anonymity, but they also are not subject to censorship. The concept being that as long as people are willing to take full credit for what they post or publish, and everyone clearly knows who they are, they are then free to truly express their opinions without being moderated or censored...
So, all the content on ADM is available to view for everyone, including tens of thousands of non-members each month, but if you want to comment or download files, you must be a member. But do we ask for too much information of new members? For example, we require that members tell us in their own words who they are and what they do within the auto industry... Is that too much information?
Tell the community what you think about this issue... Please.
ADM most certainly does NOT require too much information to register!
If a person wants anonymity, they are welcome to read the forums, posts, comments, etc.. If they want to visit and post, comment, or email, they need to tell us who they are. I've approved wayyyyy more applicants than I've ever denied, but this is a site for professionals. My hope is that people use their real names when they register, and, regardless, allowing anything LESS than we already do will disrespect the thousands of members who have already jointly respected themselves and the site by signing up as who they are.
If we do anything, I'd say we might require MORE information; for now, if somebody wants to join, they need to join as themselves just the way we ask it now.
My $.02. Thanks Ralph!
It IS more than other sites but I feel that contributes to the quality of the people on board. Normally people that would be consumers (or people that just consume content but don't add to the community) would be reluctant to fill out all that info. I do understand that requiring too much can be a barrier to entry, but I think that contributes to the quality of information here.
Ralph, I think what you said above is spot on:
"One of several principles that has made the ADM Professional Community different from other online sites is that members do NOT have anonymity, but they also are not subject to censorship. The concept being that as long as people are willing to take full credit for what they post or publish, and everyone clearly knows who they are, they are then free to truly express their opinions without being moderated or censored."
In other words, I think all the info asked is for the best.
This is not some typical social site where childish people can be a nuisance to others by hiding behind a screen name. I'm so sick of the nonsense I see everywhere else - ADM is a TREASURE by comparison. It's about PROFESSIONALISM, sharing of professional and business gold that benefits others, and having a place where people who need information and guidance can GET information and guidance as they NETWORK with other people in the industry.
No putting on a fake face here. No building up an obnoxious personality in order to win a popularity contest. Here, if you contribute, people want to know who you are. If you don't want people to know who you are, then just enjoy the great info that's available.
While working through ADM, I don't get hassled by advertisers or harassed by thousands of people trying to get me to play stupid games - I'm not spammed by dirtbags and I enjoy the high level of intelligence, insight, skill, and HELPFULNESS that I see here.
The paltry amount of PROFESSION-BASED info required to become a member may indeed discourage those who have nothing to contribute or who are not genuinely interested in the industry or who merely want to bring their immature social network habits into the mix, but that's a GREAT thing. I don't want to deal with those kind of people here.
This is the BEST automotive industry networking site on the planet. Period. But JOINING it is for people who really do want to be a part of it all.
I've yet to have Ralph ask me for my secret award-winning chili recipe or ATM password, so no, ADM does not demand too much info.