Originally Posted by nanook
you mean, if they would think that it would be rejected or outlawed and therefore not even try. but i'm not actually "thinking" that, in the sense of such a thought being a part of my motivations. i am merely hypothesizing about how other people might think. my motivations (and thus actions) exist around my skills (and are limited by those) and my own subjective visions, very introverted. if i had the skills, as unlikely as it sounds, i would simply do it, because i tend to do things in a trial and error manner and find out why they are impossible on the way. so, if people would actually think like me, and given that they do have the skills, they would not abandon the possibility, before they had tried it. but they seem to have abandoned it. so either they think differently (don't appreciate the trial and error approach) - which is why i must assume, that they don't really want to see a change, really hard, hard enough to just risk needs to be risked, essentially giving up the known world and discovering a whole new world ... or plenty of them have tried and found out why it doesn't work, well then tell me ...
Facebook started off as an academic exclusive site. It offered similar things to what you talk about albeit in a very limited manner. As its popularity grew, new things were added and all was fine and dandy.
When they dropped the academic members only and allowed public access internationally, many problems arose. In certain countries, the site actually breached governmental law and had to be adjusted to accommodate them. This brought in limitations into what could and couldn't be revealed to other users.
Then you had issues with paedophiles and false accounts that breached the trust of other members. You also had politically motivated riots organised like the one in the UK last year.
One of the main issues with these websites is that it allows for false accounts to be created. This is because the Internet is the anonymous user's
domain. Everything can be fabricated and many (not all) can fall for it just like a lot did with XIII on this forum.
You don't for example actually know what I look like, where I am from, what age or sex I am other than what I have advertised
. You won't know some of them until you actually meet me.
What you ask for brakes down this anonymous barrier that many hold dear to the Internet. It could only truly be achieved in this day and age by the use of some intrusive policing system. Something that the majority do not want.