10/03/2007

OTBL Is Three Years Old

























On the BorderLine -St Croix County Daily News
St. Croix County Wisconsin Daily News
_______________________________________________________________
12/16/2004
Anonymity and the Blog
Filed under: General, News, About On The BorderLine admin @ 11:04 pm
Anonymity while Blogging is used as a preference for many reasons. It is up to you if you want to use an alias. You don’t have to, but I recommend it. However, I have the ability to use the statistics of the web sites server, to track someones IP address and uniquely identify them that way if need be. I have never had a request to provide one to anybody, and if things remain civil and within guidelines, I don’t see it happening in the future. Here are the main reasons for anonymity:
1.Security. Most BLOG’s audiences are national or statewide. This BLOG is unique in that it covers only a potential 71,155 people. That is only about 16 cities. That is only 23,410 households. Narrow it down even further to Hudson, then you have even a smaller pool. When you are talking about over-taxation, livelihoods, and family, things can get heated. I would not want to be responsible for some wacko hurting or threatening anyone on any side of a debate. So consider using an alias.
2.Privacy. You can find out a lot about someone. Who owns a 95 Audi Quatro, lives on 3rd Street, likes to cross country ski in Duluth, raced in the Laddie’s Loppet a few years back but failed to finish, has a hubby who is 37, and a 14 year old daughter who plays soccer? You know who you are and so do I. It’s easy to find out more. All it takes is a name.
3.Coolness factor. What would you like to be known as lets say “Andrew V. Johnson” or “In the Know”, Marylin Joblolski or “BlogBabe”. The same reasons people purchase vanity license plates and use alias email names is the Coolness factor.
4.People who may be introverted open up because of the anonymity that is available for BLOGGING in general. Not only is it helping someone open and share idea’s, it is at a pace that is self prescribed. There are a lot of psychological factors at work here.
To be criticized for allowing or using the anonymity of using aliases is totally unfounded. I totally recommend it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once again the otbl'ers elevate the words to the highest level and slither in the horseshit of their like. Anonymous naems help to protect the guilty as they slander the innocent. It's good to see that you guys hold yourself to a much higher and noble standard than the OTBL diggle berries.

Ink Stained Wretch said...

Anon,

You may have a point. But at you have to admit when you you visit this blog
and start laughing, that was our intent. Do you think that's true at OTBL?

Ink Stained Wretch said...

One more point! You don't see us threatening Soccer Moms here!!!!