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A Crash Course on Anonymous Admonition and Admiration

Welcome! Admonition is a sensitive matter, and anonymous admonition even more so, for both the deliverer and the recipient. When properly done, it can be a very positive, powerful tool, and this crash course is here to help you use it as such. Your time is valuable, so this course is short, and focuses on important suggestions related to giving and receiving anonymous admonitions and using this site constructively.

Giving admonition

The mask of anonymity is a strong protection. It gives you the power to deliver information without worrying about harsh responses. This makes it easy to abuse. Here are a few suggestions for making sure you deliver admonitions, not badmonitions:

Receiving admonition

It can be scary to let the world tell you anything, in your (virtual) face, without fearing any consequences. You don’t know what to anticipate - such is the nature of blind spots. Perhaps you fear that some people might abuse their power and try to hurt you. Perhaps you’re not quite ready for completely unconstrained admonition. Here are a few suggestions on receiving admonition:

Maintaining anonymity

Are you afraid of being recognized despite the lack of identification on your admonition? Here are a few suggestions on making sure your anonymity is preserved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to sign up to use the site?
No. You have to sign up if you want to get your own URL and receive admonitions, but you can admonish others without signing in.

Why do you ask me to sign in using my Google account?
This is done purely for authentication, and uses an external authentication through Google so we never get access to your Google credentials. By verifying that you have a real Google account and associating it with your Admonymous account, we prevent potential site abuse (one person signing up multiple times).

Where should I put my Admonymous URL?
Everywhere it can be seen by many people who have some interaction with you. The goal is not only to announce your URL and give them the ability to anonymously admonish and admire you, but also to provide them with a guarantee of anonymity, which is why the URL should be public. In the digital world, using your personal web page, posting on your favorite social network, or adding it to your email signature are useful ways of publishing it. In the physical world, you can print stickers, posters, or wear a shirt with your URL on it. Make sure you’re not fooling yourself by posting the URL somewhere nobody will see it but telling yourself that you have done all you can.

I’m afraid people will abuse the site and use it to hurt me.
Putting yourself on the receiving end of anonymous admonition can certainly make you vulnerable. Read our suggestions for receiving admonition to make sure you know how to prevent and deal with badmonitions.

I’m afraid of being identified.
See our suggestions for successfully maintaining anonymity.

I don’t want people to tell me things anonymously!
That’s fine. If you like, you can still use our site to give admonition to others, or just amuse yourself reading our suggestions. If you want face-to-face admonition, simply ask for it. That's not what Admonymous is for.

What about positive feedback?
Certainly! That’s very important. Admonymous means “Anonymous admonition and admiration”. Don’t forget to admire!