48 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I was going to leave that hanging there so people could continue thinking you’re a dirty ole pervbag, but I’ll respond out of a sense of patronising ownership.
          Go on then, pet. Show us.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            He’s playing us all off one another. We should unite against him and form a coven.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Ah now. They’ve modded his comments so I look like a maniac.
            Thanks a BUNCH!

          3. mildred st. meadowlark

            They modded me last night when I called Tones a twinly-pinkle pants. Only it was much more vulgar than that.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Who am I, the cat’s mother? I’m right here, you know.

            It’s true, though. I’m totes adorbs.

  1. Gearóid

    It is a good question.

    My company are encouraging us to enrol in Coursera courses at present, and they are asking for a scan of my passport (or government ID card). When I mentioned this a bit incredulously to friends, they said it was because the accreditations are now taken quite seriously, they need to ensure the person taking the course is the person receiving the credits.

    But this system is no more or less foolproof than an email verification. If I said to my secretary (I don’t have a secretary): “Secretary, take this course in my name and send me the accreditation”, is that so different to “Secretary, scan my passport, take this course and send me the accreditation”?

    1. Rob_G

      One of the providers (and I believe its Coursera) will ask to take a photo with your webcam each time you submit an assignment. While it isn’t foolproof, its a bit more strict than email accreditation.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            BALLS. All I need to do is press reply to the right thing, and I can’t do it.
            I’m a right flute.

  2. Rob_G

    Probably prevention of terrorism or something

    – though you had probably figured this out, given your choice of alias, Gail

    Good shout, btw.

    1. Gearóid

      Exactly my concerns. Working for a start-up myself, I have absolutely no reason to believe that Coursera’s data silos are safe.

      Happy to do the webcam thing (of my face), but don’t know if I can get out of this passport issue.

      1. Rob_G

        I don’t remember sending the scan of the passport when I did it, but I can see where you are coming from.

  3. Pat "Connie" Plank

    Websummit and Electric Picnic. What’s the difference? Nothing. Your parents will be glad you’re out of their house for a while.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      The ID number that’s tattooed onto the base of your skull, obvs.

      Don’t you have one?

      1. David

        Mine’s on my heel, like the pope’s.

        Any serious answers though? If you’ve no passport, the wording clearly asks for “ID”.

        Independence Day? Iterative Dichotomizer? I Don’teven?

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Desperate Dan pie eaters club membership card? Though they might ask for the badge too.

          1. David

            That’s DD – it clearly asks for ID.

            First thing I’d try is “none” – this usually works when asked online for ‘postcode’.

            Second thing, maybe just random numbers?

    1. scottser

      i heard this on the radio this morning – they’re not compulsory, but they are mandatory. so while you don’t have to have one, you have to have one.
      i hope that clears things up?

  4. David

    My understanding of ‘compulsory’ is that you have no choice, the law compels you in this case, whereas ‘mandatory’ means you can put it off for as long as you can, possibly because there’s no law compelling you.

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