Way back, I suggested a "flying lawnmower" analogy. The discussion has ranged so widely, I'm not sure what this is, but I will go back and say that a simple implementation may be useful for some groups. This is what I think has been proposed:
- An owner/moderator option for an entire group.
- Owner/moderator would have access to email addresses, but not members would not.
- Members would have the same options as now: no-email, special only, digest, full email.
- On the web or in reflected emails, the address of the originator would not appear. Instead a "no-reply" dummy address would be inserted. My guess is that this would not be difficult to implement.
- No "Private" button on web replies.
- An official recorded "handle" would not be strictly necessary; members can always put their chosen handle in the body of the message, on the other hand a "Display name" that could be left blank would be okay.
The effect of this implementation would not be a strictly anonymous group since the owner/moderator would know the member's identity, or at least email address, but identities and private access would not be shared among the members. I can see a value for this type of group. The health group example is a good one. However, I have to point out that it is easy to set up a web site, with something like WordPress, that would have these characteristics, so I don't have a crying need for a groups.io implementation. But I have no objection either, especially if it brings in a few premium groups.
Best, Marv (his handle)