Ban anonymous comments on broker news sites: FBAA

by AB28 Aug 2013

FBAA national president and CEO, Peter White, is calling for the elimination of anonymous comments on industry publication websites like Australian Broker as a way to move towards a ‘more mature’ debate around issues facing the broking sector.

White argues that the challenges facing the industry are too important to allow people to ‘hide their identity while making childish comments and personal attacks that belittle the issues and prevent constructive discussion’.

“The FBAA is always working to improve the industry and we welcome and encourage engagement by brokers on the various industry sites,” says White.

“However, we’ve seen the standard of debate dragged down by those who post without real names. Ridiculous comments, abusive posts and comments by those who are uninformed on the details, serve to divert attention away from the important issues.”

The FBAA would like to see all industry publications refuse to publish anonymous posts.

“If someone has a contribution to make, they should have the decency to tell us who they are or their comment should be discarded.”

White notes that he and other industry representatives are always clearly identified and that readers are made aware of his stance on particular issues.

“I don’t mind if people agree or disagree with me. In fact, I’m happy to hear other viewpoints because informed debate benefits the industry. But when people just criticise or are rude, it diminishes the discussion and reflects poorly on the industry.”

White says he hopes brokers get behind the push.

“The FBAA is advancing the industry and we hope everyone can play a part in a meaningful way.”

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  • by Anonymous 28/08/2013 8:46:08 AM

    I agree

  • by Tony 28/08/2013 9:41:27 AM

    I'm not so sure...I think those of us who have been in the industry for many years understand the difference between mature comment and the rest. In the main, most comment including those that attack, are in some ways reflective of opinion and people may not be as forthcoming if it is not anonymous

  • by BONED 28/08/2013 9:42:40 AM

    Well, I was advised to use an 'Alias' by a 'BDM' as management within my Aggregation Group didn't like my comments - I guess the truth hurt in those few instances where I told it as it was. This would just simply mean that I would not comment any further, and in fact, I'd probably just unsubscribe from all future communications.