Sunday, April 09, 2006

Identity Matters?

I thought this was a good article on anonymity. Well thought out.
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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Anonymity is good when anonymous people have positive things to say. I have become a wikipedia addict. I know I have to be careful not to believe everything there, but in spite of the anonymity of the posts, the quality is outstanding. It's the best website I have find to find information on historical figures.
Even Tom Kyte has an entry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Kyte

However, it is troubling when anonymous people make personal attacks on others who post with their real name. I think people like that should have their posts deleted.

Sun Apr 09, 12:40:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Rachel said....

things like this are why I insist on knowing the names of people on the email lists I moderate. I don't keep the name, don't track it or sell their names, but I want a REAL person to respond to me, with a name I know, or the membership is terminated

Sun Apr 09, 02:33:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

It's ironic that this blog and your site (asktom) allows anonymous posts ...

You might be interested in hashjoin.com -- they have an interesting idea for knowledge management and sharing.

Mon Apr 10, 01:15:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

There are two major reasons I prefer to stay "anonymous" whenever possible:

1) Password proliferation. It's too dangerous to use the same username/password combo everywhere, and it's too hard to remember a whole bunch of different names and passwords. I have more than 30 I have to keep track of just at work!

2) Spam-bots. Too many sites display the e-mail addresses of their members, meaning that they'll get harvested by the spammers. (That's how my original e-mail address got compromised.) That forces me to use a "bogus" e-mail address, which defeats the whole purpose of asking for one. Or I'd have to come up with a special address, which would mean yet another username and password to memorize.

So I'll just connect anonymously and sign my name at the bottom. I suppose it's possible someone malicious could pose as me to stir up trouble, but so far it hasn't been a problem.

Bob Shepard

Mon Apr 10, 01:15:00 PM EDT  

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