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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.


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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.

 

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...

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.

I would have to answer no. I like being able to search a member profile and find out more about a person. Whether it be looking for another practitioner of whom to ask a question. Whether it be a vendor representative and to see if I want to do business with them. I actually check the profiles when someone I don't recognize asks to be my friend on the "social" sites. Are they someone who is just going to try to sell me are are they someone who is going to contribute to my needs? All in all since the basis for ADM is that of a sharing community of me helping you and you helping me I think that the lack of anonymity is one of the most positive aspects of ADM. If you want help in deciding if this post is useful you can always go check out my profile!!!
OK maybe we need to add a section where you have to put up one award winning recipe????
All my best recipes start with good scotch.
Sounds good to me. 
As long as your not doing a reduction and burning off the alcohol!!
Hardly!  All my cooking recipes begin with "pour glass of The Glenlivet.  Add to chef as needed during cooking . . ."
To me, statements, opinions and points of view are pretty much empty words until I understand who is speaking them. I weight or lend credibility to what I hear & read based in part on what I understand a writer or speakers self interests to be. The clearer the image I have of the person presenting his/hers opinion, the less I have to struggle with what motivated them to present it. If I find interest in an individuals point of view on this or any other forum, I will look well beyond what the writer was required to submit to the forum for membership. The more information available to me in a ADM profile the less searching I will have to do about that person. Before I allow someone to influence my thinking I need to know what they may have invested in a topic. This and a buck 2 bucks will get you a coffee most places.
Well stated Thomas ...
Thanks for the all the feedback... Generally speaking, it seems that the requirement for "Who you are" disclosures is perceived as well worth the trade-off of having a clear and unfiltered voice.  By the same token, being required to disclose who you are, does in some ways ensure that people don't post statements and content that they would not want want associated with their name.

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