Big Think takes privacy very seriously and wants to ensure that our users are protected. As we build a global forum for discussion and debate, it is vital that you--the thinkers--have a voice. Currently, when you register for the site, your username defaults to your actual name. We designed the registration process this way to encourage oppenness and transparency. In fact, we hope you benefit from the publicity generated from the publication of your thoughts and opinions. 

We took a big step this week to grow the site on a new and much better platform, especially once all the kinks are worked out. This relaunch is actually just the first of a few new phases that will roll out over the next few months along, with some substantial new partnerships that we hope will add international perspectives to the site and give our contributors and most active users a truly global platform.

As we develop a credible platform worthy of staging some of the most important thought leaders in the world, we will work deligently to keep the conversation at a high level. To that end, we are encouraging users to take ownership of their ideas and back them with their own identities. We recognize that this may not work for some and we don't want to discourage good ideas by prohibiting ananymity. Therefore, users have the option of creating an avatar.

We appreciate your participation on Big Think. Starting now, we are extending our first initial 25,000 users an added thank you—by elevating them a more elite status on the site, raising their voices to the top of the pile. We hope every user of Big Think will contribute as enthusiastically and creatively. Our hope is to give our own thinkers greater prominence worldwide, especially as we expand our distribution through new partnerships.