Ok, since people are doing a fuss about rejecting seemsly invalid edits and other quirks, I'm suggesting this again. Why? Because each time we do a fuss about something or other that could be solved implementing this.
- No more brain racking each time an anonymous user suggests an edit that adds substantially more information to a question. (Remember: Ubuntu can be boot in a live session, if the user reboots its system the cookie it's lost forever)
- Will stop some drive-by users from posting crappy questions. (Remember: users seeking for help will found it one way or other, as long as they allow to be helped)
- Security that when we comment a post, OP will be able to answer back.
(Possible) Cons (or more like, answering another answer):
It is a boon to Ubuntu users that they do not then have to go through a registration process to get help. It's a strong message that the Ubuntu community wants to make getting help and using Ubuntu as easy as possible.
- Easy, yes. But, for whom? Ubuntu Forums, Freenode #ubuntu, ubuntu-users mailing list, Launchpad, etc. requires registration before using any of those services. Ask Ubuntu as another support channel should do the same.
Furthermore, Ubuntu is supposed to be an operating system for everyone. Even people who aren't Internet-savvy and might have problems even registering an account. Where are they supposed to go for help then?
- Again, but then we have to deal with all the crap that nobody else takes, drive-by users that just ask an unanswerable question, and stuff. I swear I can register any account on SE with just 5 clicks, at worse. If someone needs more than that, maybe they shouldn't be using a computer, really.
So should we change this policy? Should we require everyone to register before posting questions (and answers)? Well, if the current way is not achieving the goal of helping people, then we should. If not requiring registration is actually making it harder for most newcomers to use the site to get help, then we should change this policy and require registration.
Exactly my point. Apparently the users that upvoted this response to my answer didn't notice this, as my petition had negative score for some reason. If for us answerers (aka the blood and soul of any SE site) is difficult to answer questions since OP get lost in the limbo, we of course should do something... ANYTHING to fix it.
this isn't enough of a problem for me to worry about it. I generally send emails via the form to the SE team, and they just handle the merge. Generally, one of the accounts has an actual login. – jrg♦ Sep 1 at 21:21
Users shouldn't waste time just to fix some account quirk. Humans should only worry about asking/answering questions. If humans has to take time to fix the system, then the system is borked.
But I am concerned at the attitude that we should change the policy because it bothers us. This is a minor annoyance.
It shouldn't annoy us. The system should only facilitate us to help others. If we feel annoyed with the system, then we are failing at AX (Answerer Experience). Answerers shouldn't feel that they have to meddle with the system to offer help. The help page doesn't say that answerers have to deal with this. Ask Ubuntu should protect answerers. They aren't that many, and AU needs them.