I have a lot of respect for the legacy of #RalphNader, and he clearly respects the legacy of #RobertFellmeth, but listening to these two old men discuss internet regulation on Nader's #podcast is truly painful:
For a start, they don't know that FB already enforces real names and have completely missed the long-running debate about the #UnintendedConsequences of this:
Everything else in the discussion is about as far behind the 8 ball.
And yes, maybe having a privacy feature of displaying just an alias for a contributor would be nice, but to minimize the burden of proof that you're contributing in good faith I think it's a good idea that staff should have access to real names/identities of other staff.
OTOH wikipedia can do just fine with small contributions from anonymous people, so there's that. :)
@pulledfromthewater @allison @strypey I can totally sympathize with what you're saying. But I feel like you're missing the context of the discussion here which is a community for fact checking. Maybe I'm too privileged to see the forrest for the trees, but I don't see how this type of content can lead to dangers concerning one's real identity. I'm sorry if you have to worry about these things on a daily basis, and I hope we'll get to a point where you'll be able to feel safe on the internet.
> I don't see how this type of content can lead to dangers concerning one's real identity.
1) any community that enforces "real name" policies risks creating the negative effects described by @pulledfromthewater (among others), regardless of the purpose or content of that site.
2) on the net, no one cares that you're a dog. Communities need tools for evaluating users on the merit of their contributions, not their personal attributes. #FreeCode dev proves this is possible
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