by Mary C Long
Many people in the corporate world function under a “cone of silence” much like Maxwell Smart and The Chief on Get Smart (though much more competently, one assumes). But what if there was a way for you to publicly laud a co-worker without revealing your own identity? A new service allows you to do just that...
David Payne is the CEO and co-founder of Quiply, a brand new service that provides a public platform for people who wish to openly offer accolades about other folks in their fields whom they respect and wish to support (or sound off about) – but unlike LinkedIn, the most popular site for professional networking, you can sing these praises with total anonymity.
But why would you even want to remain anonymous in this context? Do you sing off-key or something?
“In our discussions with people we have found they want anonymity in order to be comfortable providing authentic feedback,” Payne explains, identifying their base as professionals who care about their workplace and want to help through providing feedback. “We believe people with opinions are not just disgruntled employees.”
The only real guidelines for Quiply users, besides remaining anonymous, is that they may not exploit the forum to abuse others like typical trolls. The comments are carefully monitored, but not censored as long as the rules of respect are adhered to. And no one, not even the folks at Quiply, are privy to the identity of any single user.
But what if someone does begin hijacking the platform for a vengeful agenda? If not even Quiply knows who they are, how do they stop them? Simple: via a “secret token” attached to each user, which tracks their posts and deletes them if and when they overstep boundaries.
Another issue you may wonder about is the automatic opt-in function: What if someone doesn’t want to be the target of publicly posted comments, positive or otherwise? It's like tagging someone on Facebook who'd prefer to remain private, right?
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