Re[2]: Anonymous Posts

Subject: Re[2]: Anonymous Posts
From: "Walker, Arlen P" <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 13:56:36 -0600

Anonymous posts are cowardly and should not be permitted, IMHO. No
credible newspaper will print anonymous letters to the editor.

Take a look around you, sport. In a very real way, we're *all* anonymous on
this list. I bet I could spend the entire day working right next to anyone
on this list and they'd never recognize me. And most of you could do the
same to me. (There's a few of you on this list I've seen before but that
so long ago I couldn't expect to recognize you again. Robert, do they still
do the A&E and TWH parties at the cons?)

Going beyond that, I think I've seen "name witheld by request" in most
newspaper letter columns that I've read consistently. The "credible
newspapers" do it all the time. They insist that *they* know who the writer
is, of course, but they don't print the name. Newspapers print quotes from
highly-placed but unnamed sources all the time.

Our case here is parallel. Eric, the closest thing the list has to a
"publisher," knows who the poster was, and is witholding the name by

If you have something to say, stand up and say it. Don't hide behind
curtain because you're afraid of what people might think.

It's easy to sit back in a nice comfy chair and urge other people to take
all the risks, isn't it? ;{>}

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
In God we trust; all others must provide data.
Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it., or

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