ADMIN: Anonymity

Subject: ADMIN: Anonymity
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:57:35 -0700

Arlen wrote:

>I say what matters is the viewpoint, not the name. There are many reasons
>for anonymous posting. The minimal value a name would add to the discussion
>is irrelevant. Yes, anonymity has its drawbacks. For one, it can help a
>scoundrel to hide. But it's value is that it also allows us to speak the
>truth without fear of retaliation.

Exactly.

Anonymous posts serve a number of purposes on this list. Because of
the way I've chosen to handle them, I also screen them for appropriateness
and applicability (and, in some cases rationale) before posting them.
Suffice it to say that every anonymous posting I forward is anonymous
for what I find to be a legitimate reason. Some postings I've simply
declined to forward because they weren't anonymous for a "valid"
IMNSHO reason.

It's not open for discussion on the list. If you don't care to read or
respond to anonymous postings (which is quite possible), simply
hit delete after you read the "Forwarded anonymously on request"
bit at the top of the message.

Eric




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