At 10:30 PM 11/14/2001 -0800, Nicholas wrote:
> > Anonymity cuts both ways. It can be great for leveling the playing field.
>But there's also literature to support the view that people rely heavily on
>the source of a piece of information or viewpoint as an indicator of it's
>Intensely true. Supporting literature is unneeded. This is simply a fact.
"Simply a fact." Wow. Very persuasive! Even makes sense ;o)
> > Denied that indicator, they can feel that the system, full of anonymous
>comments, is too sterile to be useful. Anonymity is a useful tool for
>certain situations ... but I doubt it can be the norm for effective project
>Which is why aliases are so beneficial to the Web. They permit
>freedom of speech, while allowing an anonymous author to develop
>validity through a series of writings. Clearly one cannot contribute
>to core code anonymously. But for debugging, why not?
*Alias* is just another way of remaining anonymous if you choose not to
reveal your identity.
Anybody recall the game Bill Joy played on the readers of Wired?
I won't spill the beans here, but go read it if you haven't already.
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