Should we make full names & photos a requirement of membership?

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    A request to all members,

    We are very conscious of members’ security and some time ago implemented a moderation system where all new members have to be accepted.  We are constantly refusing membership to people who are obviously spammers, and those who are slightly more devious and don’t fill in the necessary information – including full name.

    Recently some members have posted that they have received spam emails to their external email addresses.  We do not disclose email addresses.  But some members persist in putting their email addresses in their open comments.  The world can view the address – including all  the spammers!  You can avoid this by posting your open comment & then sending your email address via the Inbox messaging system.

    However, security is always a concern.  We are making good progress in getting participating members to add their full name & a photo.  Now the questions:

    • should we require a personal  photo before we accept new members?
    • should we delete non-participating members?

    All members are invited to comment.

    Many thanks


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    Wilma de Villiers

    Sylvia, I think there might be members that do not participate, but still find it beneficial to be a member.  Deleting non-participants is however a good idea.  I know that sometimes weeks pass that I don’t participate, but if one is really interested in what is being discussed you will sometimes comment.  What am I saying:  On the one hand I think it is a good idea, but on the other hand, not a good idea.

    Look at the statistics – how many people without a personal photo participate?  It seems as if most of the people (if not all) that participates have personal photos.

    I don’t get too upset about the spammers.  I immediately delete the e-mail.  I only once received a spam-email that was a bit offensive, but I ignored it and it was the end of the story.


    Totally I agree with Wilma, you find some still need to find their feet like myself so it will be unfair to us and I am speaking on behalf of those silent voices that have fallen in love with skills universe and find it most useful to their careers and individual life, Give them time to be in perfect position to participate.

    I also think participation comes in different ways, we have those who listen to increase their knowledge and we have those who are knowledgeable and are willing to share their experience or concerns. There is a Sesotho phrase that says  ‘Tsela re e botsa hoba pele’ meaning direction is found to those who have travelled the road before.


    I joined in 2009 and then got extremely busy and did not come back to the site until recently. I don’t think I would have signed up again, if I had been kicked out and now that I am back I am enjoying it and have visited and participated.  So I would not delete members! As an idea maybe send them an email and ask them if they still want to be part of the site?? And if they come back and say no then take them off.

    In terms of the photo … do you actually know that that is me in the pic???? It is so easy to get pictures and put them up so I am not too sure how it helps having a photo of the person?

    As for the spammers… those sneaky creatures creep up everywhere and will always be on the lookout for any cracks in the system, and as much as we try we will never get rid of them. So I would rather go with making all the members aware of dangers of putting in their personal information on this or any site out there; and then implement what you can to protect the site and your members.


    Thank you Wilma, Greatwill & Denise – well you three truly demonstrate it’s not the numbers, it’s the quality that counts! All your comments make for a good plan going forward – and Greatwill – keleboge and I’ve saved the Sesotho saying for future reference. 

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  • Tass Schwab

    South African across the board often operate from a US vs THEM attitude. Staff members having a perceptions about managers and the other way round too. I think that if we can lay our egos aside and start seeing one another as equals, and accept that some equals lead and others need to follow. Not forgetting to step into one another’s shoes. There is much aggression in the workplace because of perceptions and beliefs about one another.

    “We do not see things as they are.We see them as we are.”

    The way we view things is really only a reflection of our self beliefs, and not necessarily ‘how it really is’. Dr. Phil puts it this way, “There is no reality – only perception”. If we can get out heads round this it will add to the transparency we need to operate in a trusting environment.

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