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Guest posts

#1
Hi,

I've read that guests can post without registering themselves. How does this work?
Shouldn't they need to provide a valid email address in their post or isn't this required either?
And what is the difference or relation with an "Anonymous" post (which is an add-on, where someone logs in, but can post under a different name, but the admins can see who the logged in person is)?

Thanks,
Sarah
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
A valid email address isn't required for guest posting.

The difference with guest posting and the add-on you mention is there would no way of tying the guest post to a registered member, other than the IP address (which could be a shared/dynamic IP address).
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#5
Just to clarify, I'm not sure if I'd say "tied" to an IP, but an IP is recorded (like with a regular user replying) and it can be viewed with the post.

Essentially a guest just chooses a username for their posts (which has to not be an existing user). There wouldn't be anything to stop another guest from using the same name though, for example.
 
#6
Thanks guys. I'm not a forum-specialist, far from, but I cannot find a reason why a forum would allow guest posting. The idea behind a forum is giving people the ability to talk to each other. How in the world can a forum work properly when multiple people "talk" under the same name.