OK, let’s get this out into the open: some people are not going to be happy.

Effective June 1, 2015, The Galveston County Daily News will begin publishing a writer’s real name next to comments or letters posted on our digital product, www.galvnews.com.

So what is the big deal? Well, historically in the digital world writers post under assumed names or other creative handles (bubba6892 anyone?). And for the most part, this worked well while digital products grew and developed. But in today's world, with more than 1.5 million visitors a month visiting our site, we are bringing an additional level of both transparency and civility to our digital products. After all, they carry our name, are produced by the same great staff and contribute to our community. We’re proud of this role.

As the oldest newspaper in the great state of Texas, we’ve proudly published letters and comments from the community since 1842. And at the end of each letter or comment, we’ve asked writers to proudly sign their work. And it is this transparency that has led to many great discussions, as well as progress in our local communities. A person’s signature then carried a level of commitment and transparency people could trust.

Fast forward nearly 175 years and one’s name still matters.

In reality, this will only affect those subscribers who choose to participate in these forums. To the regular reader, there is no change to their reading experience beyond being able to clearly identify those offering comments.

This may be unsettling to some — and we apologize for creating this consternation. But in the end, we feel when given a choice, the public’s right to make an informed decision about one’s credibility outweighs another’s ability to hide behind a false name.

So what is in a name? At The Galveston County Daily News, plenty.


For more information and a guide to updating your online Daily News account, go to www.galvnews.com/realname.

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(80) comments

Chuck DiFalco

Dear GCDN,

I applaud your decision. I believe in telling it like it is, and that includes signing your name to it.

--Chuck DiFalco

Paula Flinn


Not much of an alias after carlosrponce looked up my Texas Teacher's Certificate and out-ted me in a post. All of my friends and non-friends know who I am. I don't have any enemies (ha,ha). This is not a problem for me, although some people may have a problem using their REAL names thinking they may be harassed by others, etc.

pflinn = Paula Flinn


Kevin Lang

Being anonymous and being transparent are both double-edged swords. There may well be increased civility when people have their names posted. However, there could also be a bit of sanitizing of the news, too. Will people with controversial, yet valid, viewpoints be less reluctant to state their points knowing that people bothered by those views will know who they are? How about people that might want to blow a whistle be willing to do so if they might also be vulnerable to retaliation?

Hopefully, this move towards increased transparency won't wind up denying us valuable information that we would be better off knowing. I guess we'll see how this works out. Overall, we already have one check on the civility and transparency here anyway. We do have to provide the paper with legitimate information in order to have our accounts here. If I happen to say something off-color here, I know the paper will contact me, ask me to stop, or shut down my account.

Steve Fouga

"Hopefully, this move towards increased transparency won't wind up denying us valuable information that we would be better off knowing."

Not much chance of that. Rhetoric and endless links to conservative websites might be lost, but very little valuable information.

Oh wait, most of the rhetoric and links come from folks already posting with their real names...
[cool]

Kevin Lang

Never knew, nor cared, that Jake Buckner is an alias.

George Croix

Excellent!!!!!!

Steve Fouga

Decision time for Jake...[cool]

George Croix

Jake Morris is long dead.
Robert Buckner is still around, though......[innocent]

Steve Fouga

So is Jake Buckner, for a few more days. Soon he'll have to decide whether to post under an assumed name.
[beam]

Or not participate in the forum. Or cancel his subscription because, other than Laura Elder and the forum, the GDN doesn't provide much that he can't get elsewhere.

Choices, choices! Thank goodness it's still a free country. [cool]

George Croix

An excellent example of why the ID policy will be...interesting.....
[whistling]

Susan Fennewald

What would be interesting is if they posted the names and aliases that they have been using. Then you could see whose been behind some of the comments in the past. I'm not currently under my real name, because when I first set it up it used my username. But most people have known who I was

Susan Fennewald

Lisa Blair

This will be interesting.

Lisa Blair

Mick Phalen

Jake Buckner,

It's those who hide behind aliases to make personal attacks; a few may have a reason to hide, but, IMO, most are just cowards. I don't mind political rhetoric or offsite links - - some on this board do some incredible research. But, I'm like you, I can get most of my news elsewhere - I have the GDN for the forums.

Up here in sleepy League City, there is no news unless a councilman assaults another councilman (with a 3rd councilwoman secretly recording it), or the same councilman and another councilwoman attempt to steal from the public by buying thousands of dollars of ammunition on a City purchase order, or the king councilman and his crew make half million dollar extortion payments to a $54Billion international company, and no one cares. They just smile, roll over, and go back to political sleep. I'm convinced the combination of government, politics, and other peoples' money is the problem, not the solution. (paraphrasing a wise political philosopher)

All you aliases: Come out in the open and share your opinions! Convince me that I'm wrong and you're right! I love an honest debate.

Carol Dean

Even Mick is not hiding from an alias. I think most of his time is spent hiding from League City Councilmen and especially those two "dangerous" women! LOL!

Mick Phalen

Hi Carol,

How can you be sure that I'm not one of those "dangerous" women posting under an alias? [wink]

Kevin Lang

I think the paper has other remedies for the race-baiters, name-callers, personal attackers, etc. I have no problem with the paper cancelling people's subscriptions and their online accounts over behavior unbecoming an honest debate.

I think this policy is like amputating both legs because of an ingrown toenail.

Steve Fouga

Well, Mick, it's certainly your right to disagree with the policy of those who "hide behind aliases." And judging by a lot of the screen names I see in the forum, many have no problem posting using their own name or an obvious version of it.

Me, maybe I'm one of your cowards, since I seek to avoid physical confrontation. I have no wish for me or my family to be harassed by the angry folks who post in this forum, some of them downright scary -- or even worse, lurkers we don't know about.

I enjoy the forum; like I said, it's one of the few reasons I subscribe to this paper. Whether it's worth giving up my personal security... well, I'm not sure. Do I think I would be placing myself in grave danger, or that people even care what I post? Of course not, but it only takes one lurker to screw things up.

I will say this: I don't think I've posted anything I wouldn't say in a face-to-face discussion, debate, or argument. Lurkers or irate posters are another matter.

George Croix

Lurkers and irate posters...
No way to tell who's 'lurking', but the irate posters seem to be mostly, but not exclusively, the usual suspects at race baiting, name calling, and flat out lying.....good riddance...
The lurkers?
Isn't that a synonym for weasels....[beam]

Steve Fouga

I can't tell if you're serious or not, so I'll answer. No, a lurker is usually a non-participating observer.

But since it was you who started referring to anonymous posters as "weasels," I guess you can consider them the same. In your little world.
[cool]

George Croix

Ah...love this 'hunt for it and maybe find it' forum format......and arranged so logically with date and time being utterly meaningless, too....

Anyway, Jake, you've unintentionally, I hope, mis-characterized my use of "anonymous internet weasels" as inclusive of all who post anonymously.
Not so....if this forum still had a search feature worth having, you could easily look up past posts and see for yourself that's not so....
I use that term to describe people who ACT weasely by posting outright lies, race baiting, and/or personally attacking another, where an attack is really such and not just some recipient getting their feelings hurt, and doing some or all of that while shrouded in anonymity.
Many posters have chosen to remain anonymous, and who, while I personally don't think it's a good idea, have NOT been practitioners of such lack of character....they are simply anonymous posters.....
For about two more weeks.....
I doubt that a real name will make a good person go bad, but it may certainly remove a few actual weasels, and unfortunately along with some good folks who just don't want to be known -
It's ALL a matter of personal decision and responsibility.....as it should be.....

Steve Fouga

Okay, got it. All this time I assumed I was one of the "weasels."[unsure]

J. Shaffer

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was instructed at work to call the Fire Marshall if needed. We had a problem:
A patient insisted on smoking in the hospital despite repeated warnings from nurses, doctors, administrators and nuns (she cussed out the last one).
When I observed her putting out a cigarette when I walked in the room, I called as instructed and she got a ticket.
Seeing me later in the hall, she promised to take, "$200 out of my hide".

The issue? I had forgotten I ran into her once at a convenience store. She knew what I drove.... and where employee parking was.

Over the next two weeks, I suffered a series of flat tires, each found with a nail to be the culprit. A nail in all four tires won't make them all flat at once, you see, as they will lose air at different rates with the nail serving as a wobbly 'plug' to delay some and accelerate others.

When I spoke to my supervisor, she wanted me to press charges. The officer filling out the forms wanted my home address..... and informed me that the information I offered would be made available to the person being charged. I declined to go any further in pressing the issue.

What would you have done?

George Croix

In '74 I regularly got a driveway full of roofing nails until I arranged a schedule change to be able to keep an eye on the place when I 'should' have been at work.
Oddly, shortly thereafter the nailing stopped.....
I realize that many things have changed since then.........
To each his own, and hopefully the wisdom and ability to not bite off more than one can chew, and even better,no trouble in the first place. I simply refuse to be silenced for fear of fear....that's howw the bass tur_s win.....
I just can't see even the worst of the lying race baiting characters in these forums attracting 'lurkers', but, I could be wrong. I'd call your stuff pretty darn tame...enthusiastic, but tame.....[wink]
Do what ya gotta do....and good luck to you.....If you leave, believe it or not, I, for one, will miss you greatly.....

VICK NELSON

Next you will either have to have a facebook account or no posting. Very Manipulative!!!

Leonce Thierry

Great policy change. I though aliases went out with CB Radio handles.

JT Edwards

I agree with this change. Using your 1st Amendment rights means standing by your name (good, bad, or ugly).

Carol Dean

I agree with Mr. Edwards and I bet he didn't even know that that has always been one of my favorite movies![beam]

JT Edwards

Its one of my fav movies as well. Tuco was one of the best characters... and Angel Eyes wasnt bad either.

Lars Faltskog

Here's a riveting question:

Isn't the bottom line that GDN simply wants our $ so that they can amass the funds for both online and paper subscriptions? I would say the answer is "yes".

That being said, it's not hard to manage through this development by going "old school" and paying our GDN subscription in cash and writing on the return address envelope any name we wish. For instance, I pay my next subscription as a "new" subscriber and my new "real" name is - let's say - Willie Flowers. I type my name as the user "Willie Flowers" and viola - I am an online contributor with a "real" name.

Will the GDN bring investigators to find out if a Willie Flowers indeed exists and lives in "Pine Valley", TX? hummm??? I would say "no" b/c the bottom line is that the GDN is like every other company....they want our $.

- Willie Flowers

Carlos Ponce

Why not use your real name - HILLARY CLINTON?[beam]

Paula Flinn

GOOD ONE, Carlos! Sorry, sverige1...that, you have to admit, was a good one!

Leonce Thierry

I think what the GDN really wants is a greater civility and accountability among users. It's my assertion that the most inflammatory comments in these forums come from posters who use an alias. It takes courage to assign your real name to your own words as opposed to hiding behind an alias. If you can't say what you wish to say and place your own name behind your words, then most likely, your intent is to become a troll and accept no accountability for your written word. As Mr Woolsley stated in the headline, there is plenty in a name.

Steve Fouga

Hank, you're one of the most civil, level-headed, insightful participants on this forum. In your opinion, is lack of civility really a problem here? To me it feels like a lot of bluster and unwarranted swagger, and tons of self-righteousness, as opposed to incivility. But I understand that others might see it differently. There are a few participants who get downright hostile if I support gays, the environment, climate change, etc., but I worry more about lurkers.

I agree that it takes some courage to use your own name, especially on an internet forum. Because to use your own name, you must feel immune to irate participants, offended bosses, vigilant human-resources departments, spammers, identity thieves, hackers, lurkers, other internet knuckleheads, and quite possibly various government agencies.

My wife thinks I'm being paranoid about this. Maybe she's right. [smile]

Leonce Thierry

I have no problem with strong and varying opinions. I appreciate all forms of discourse. But when you have no idea if the alias is of someone who is well versed, educated, and qualified in their opinion versus someone who is seeking an opportunity to simply troll or evoke a reaction, you have no context to move a discussion forward. From what I can sense, Mr. Buckner, you are a married homeowner on the east end and live rather close to me. These small facts give you a degree of depth and context in my consideration of who you are, even though we have never met. That's far better than having to guess if a person participating in a thread lives in Galveston or is a radical zealot from another state.

Steve Fouga

"These small facts give you a degree of depth and context in my consideration of who you are, even though we have never met."

True, and I feel exactly the same. I do know who you are, because your devotion to certain causes makes you more visible than I. Knowing who you are humanizes your posts, and makes them more enjoyable to read. I get it.

That said, I don't feel it's my RIGHT to know who you are. Some people simply want to remain anonymous for reasons important only to them. I'm disappointed I will no longer be able to talk with those folks, because some of them have GREAT things to say!

Kevin Lang

I'm not sure what difference it makes whether the person posting is local or international. If it's a valid opinion, why would we only address it if we know we can walk down the street and shake their hand or punch their nose? Or, if they can walk down the street and do the same to us? I haven't seen anything to indicate that we have random-number-generating-bots auto-generating random posts that use newly created IDs every day with their sole intent being to take random potshots at every poster here with ludicrous opinions that very few sane individuals could even closely approximate.

All I see here is a toss-the-baby-with-the-bath-water approach.

I've seen disrespect coming from both people whose names we know and people whose names are unknown. However, the paper has contact information on every one of us. If we misbehave, and our contact information is invalid, poof goes the account. Anonymous or not.

I just cannot see any problems with the existing rules that can't be fixed as long as we have anonymous posters.

Carol Dean

I think it is more along the lines of people wanting to hide behind a psuedoname of an aka.

Leonce Thierry

Profound interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb5Dm_XfunI

Carol Dean

Do any of these comments remind you of some of the things "your mother" always told you?

Don't say anything if you can't say anything good.

Some things are best left unsaid.

In the end, your name is all you have.[smile]

Lars Faltskog

Response to Hank Thierry posted at 1:00 pm on Wed, May 20, 2015:

Don't you think the GDN forums pale to comparison (greatly) if you consider other comment sections of, let's say, AOL?

Have you seen AOL's comment section on just about any given subject? There's plenty of mean, inappropriate, risqué, snarky remarks. And they go about the cyberspace still in print and available to read months later. GDN has NOTHING compared to that.

All I observe is an occasional COMMENT REMOVED in red. And that's few and far between. I think one of the posters had it correct...maybe this has something to do with the recent bed and breakfast flap in regard to a guest not using his "real" photo with "real" partner. Either way, I don't think GDN suffered from an epidemic of terrible postings.

Now, if GDN is so greatly affected by the few COMMENT REMOVED and the very few objectionable postings, then maybe the newspaper should get out of the online business altogether. Is it really that hard to have an individual man/monitor the Forums and sift out the really bad ones?

Pay me 50K or more, and I'll take on the job. All I know is GDN must seem to be on shaky ground with these latest developments.

George Croix

All the handwringing can stop.
I've got a dozen or so helium filled balloons leftover from a kid's party, and will release them shortly to help hold the sky up until the 1st of June, thus saving all of us from certain doom.
Well, some of us, anyway, since most of the hand wringing is coming from folks already posting with their fake names...[whistling]

Lars Faltskog

Geocruix -

You're just happy that one or two folks who call you out on your old-way, preconceived and prejudicial leanings very likely won't do it anymore. As I've mentioned, perhaps your grandkids will keep your realm of reality in check.

Robert Buckner

While I've always used my real name, I can understand why some prefer an alias. I've always been curious to meet JBGood but I've no idea who he is and will miss his comments and banter if he chooses to drop out,especially during football season.

George Croix

Gotta agree with that.
Unlike the weasels and a couple of dismissed-even-lower-than-weasels, Jbg has always been informative and non-nasty and hasn't made up lies about anyone...like several of the other posters who suffer now along with the bad ones....
I think he got accused by a couple of folks who believe their own press of blustering...but, he's got company in that....interesting....evaluation....
There is a way for him to stay on, and still sorta comply with the new rules....do a little East Texas pondering on that......

Carlos Ponce

Jim Croce said it best: I've Got A Name
Like the pine trees linin' the windin' road
I've got a name, I've got a name
Like the singin' bird and the croakin' toad
I've got a name, I've got a name

And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I'm livin' the dream that he kept hid

Movin' me down the highway
Rollin' me down the highway
Movin' ahead so life won't pass me by

Lars Faltskog

carlos -

Wasn't Jim Croce a liberal? And he very likely supported legalizing marijuana. You're listening to him?

Carlos Ponce

I'm not certain if he was a Liberal or not I still liked his music.His music has no political overtones. There was only one ounce of marijuana on the plane. Was it his, the pilot's, or one of his band members? Six people died in that wreck.
Look at the words of "Careful Man". It would seem that Jim was a rare user of marijuana, a " social smoker" :
I don't gamble, I don't fight,
I don't be hangin' in the bars at night,
Yeah, I used to be a fighter but
Now I am a wiser man.
I don't drink much, I don't smoke,
I don't be hardly mess around with no dope.
Yeah, I used to be a problem but
Now I am a careful man.

And look at the words to "Hard Time Losin' Man,"
Friday night, feelin' right
I head out on the street;
Standin' in the doorway
Was a dealer known as Pete.
Well he sold me a dime of some super fine
Dynamite from Mexico
I spent all that night
Just tryin' to get right
On a ounce of oregano.

By the way, I had tickets for Jim Croce's performance at Sam Houston State University in 1973 the week he died.

Paul McCartney is a Liberal. I like his music. Elton John is a Liberal Homosexual. I like his music (And so does Rush Limbaugh. Elton John was Rush's wedding singer, by the way.). You do know how to separate the artist's work from his or her political leanings, don't you?

Miceal O'Laochdha

Mr. Woolsey: Please advise if you will be publishing the real names of sources used by your reporters starting 1 June 15. I am more interested in knowing that.

What's in a name? Plenty!

The ability to make a living as a reporter, editor or publisher of any newspaper in the world, for example...

Lars Faltskog

Response to carlosrponce posted at 10:03 am on Fri, May 22, 2015:

Perhaps one can try to separate musical tastes from the artists' politics. But, I tend to think there's a general rule that, for instance, the country music industry predominates in the conservative political leanings. Exception may be Willie Nelson (maybe). And we all remember the Dixie Chicks. Yet, their music wasn't all that country. Also, it would be hard to see fans of rap music aligning themselves with today's republican presidential candidates.

I also think it's hard to truly appreciate folks like Peter, Paul, and Mary unless you identify with many of their political ideals. Or, at least, in theory if you identify. For instance, one of my FAV tunes is John Lennon's "Imagine". It speaks volumes about ridding religion from the shackles of humanity. Also, it promotes peace and harmony. I simply don't see modern-day republicans or teapartiers as identifiers of Lennon's lyrics. So, for the most part....no...it's often hard to separate music from politics.

Carlos Ponce

I grew up singing songs by and appreciating Peter Paul and Mary and do not identify with their politics.I like the tune to "Imagine" but not the lyrics. And I am not a Country Music fan except for Glen Campbell and Olivia Newton John. As I posted before I prefer Carpenters, Bread, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater, Neil Diamond, James Taylor and the like. I really don't think you can pigeonhole people's musical tastes by their politics. Same thing with their choice of ice cream flavors.

Steve Fouga

"I really don't think you can pigeonhole people's musical tastes by their politics."

This is definitely true in my case. In the course of my voting life, I've been an idealistic liberal, a staunch conservative, and now a centrist. My taste in music has been broad across the entire time, embracing pretty much all genres except zydeco and a few others.

No correlation whatsoever, of musical taste and politics.

Lars Faltskog

Well, I think there is a bit of a correlation. Perhaps not much.

Now, there have been articles on personality types, what kind of date you are, in relation to ice cream flavor. EX: If you like butter pecan, you're likely conservative. Who's to say? Maybe.... If you like neopolitan, since you "can't make up your mind" with just one flavor, then you might be an independent voter.

http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-06-24/what-your-favorite-ice-cream-flavor-says-about-you-on-a-date/

Kevin Lang

The problem with surveying people for so much data is that people find some kind of need to analyze that data into stories that it really doesn't even tell. A lot of analysts want to think that coincidence is a non-existent factor in the presence of one thing simultaneous with another.

Food tastes use completely different facets of the brain than political thought or even religious thought. It's not unusual to find right-to-life, born-again folks voting Democratic. It's also not tough to find atheist tree huggers in the GOP. Maybe some find it to be aberrant behavior for Democrats being "marriage-defensive" or pro-oil, or fiscally conservative, or Republicans to be donating to the Sierra Club rather than their local church and driving solar-electric vehicles, but that's just the way we people are. Most of us don't fit into nice tidy boxes. I think it's silly that some data analysts think that you can find molds to fit us.

Mick Phalen

kevjlang,

"people find some kind of need to analyze that data" - - - it'd called the federal government, and university professors and corporations suckling on federal grants. Their analytical conclusions: everyone is different.

And then, they spent all their time, and our money, trying to tell us we're all the same.

Curtiss Brown

The Federalist Papers were anonymous. The author writing to the first editorial in opposition to the new Constitution, printed that day in the paper, was "Cato" (not his real name.) Without Cato, Caesar would not have responded. And without that response might not have seen that his approach of recrimination and attack was all wrong. He and others shared the pen name Publius and subsequently wrote the Federalist Papers. Had the Galveston Daily News' thinking been around at the time. The Country might never have been born.

Kevin Lang

Sounds like you're on the side of "credibility is in the idea, not the name", too. Evidently the decision has been made by those on the "credibility=name" side, short-sighted as they may be.

Of course, even calling you anonymous in this forum is a stretch. Even though I and many, if not most or all of our fellow forum users may not know who you are, The Galveston County Daily News knows full well who you are, and can out you in an instant if they chose to.

I won't call this knee-jerk, but I don't think this decision was much better thought out than a knee-jerk reaction. Just slow reaction time. While they did state the disease they're trying to cure, this remedy has virtually nothing to do with that disease.

George Croix

No reason why BR549heehaw's Theory of Relativity shouldn't be just as acceptable as Albert Einsteins.


Lars Faltskog

Response to pflinn posted at 9:51 pm on Wed, May 20, 2015,
Response to carlosrponce posted at 7:21 am on Wed, May 20, 2015:

LMAO [beam][beam][beam]

Real name - Willie Flowers (or in Spanish)....Guillermo Flores

BIG LMAO [beam] [wink] [thumbup]

Kevin Lang

Putting your name on something is most important to the people that want to huddle with friends and families and point at stuff and say, "Look at what I did".

If BRC549heehaw had published the Theory of Relativity, and it had beat Einstein, we wouldn't have a face and name to attach to it, but it wouldn't make the theory any less valid.

George Croix

Listen my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of silversmith1776.

Kids, pay attention and learn about when rororoyourboat12am crossed the Delaware River to defeat scarletbunchgangsallhere.

That's one small step for hiflyer1969, one giant leap for mankind.

I can't picture George, Paul or Neil doing any self-serving huddling after their accomplishments....

Kevin Lang

Someone needs to have a conference with a 9-year-old. Evidently, context is a foreign word for the accuser as well as the accused....

Lars Faltskog

But, kev....that's the conservative way. To only look at things in mere linear fashion. LOL

George Croix

The context is "What is in a name."
It's right up there at the top of this page for the forgetful.....

What's your name young lady?
Jessica Doesntmatter.
I never heard of anyone named Doesntmatter!
It's a burden. I just left the bank. When I tried to take out a loan for a car, and the loan officer asked me my name, I said 'Doesntmatter'....
They told me to leave....
I can't get a credit card, rent a hotel room, fly on an airplane, vote legally....
I'm gonna change my name to Jessica Blueeyes1998.....that'll fix the problem....

Miceal O'Laochdha

Now that I have seen several long time posters identify their actual names, I am just left wondering what their nom d' plume meant. I find that more interesting. But I guess I have always been a step off the strident beat...

Kevin Lang

Yep, thank God Pythagoras used his real name. Otherwise, we'd probably still not believe that the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is the sum of the squares of each of the other sides. Yep, every idea is a stupid one unless you put your name to it, and then, all of a sudden, your idea gets credibility.

sverige1, I guess that's the real problem with all of your discourse. Everyone would be worshiping at the temple of Guillermo Flores if you'd just use your real name! You'd go from "book burner" to Oz, the Great and Powerful [beam]

Curtiss Brown

The sum of the square of two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square of the remaining side.

Carlos Ponce

"The sum of the square of two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square of the remaining side." Not necessarily, not in Euclidean Geometry. In Euclidean Geometry the sum of the squares of the lengths of the two legs of a right triangle is equal to the square of the length of the hypotenuse. The scenario you describe applies only in an isosceles right triangle.

George Croix

Next time you send your boss a note, or in the talking bear's case a client, sign it
with some made up name....it won't matter....

Kroger has cheese on sale....no doubt they have some to go with a good whine....[whistling]

Kevin Lang

What cheese do you recommend? I mean, what cheese have you found to go best with your "anonymous internet weasels" whine? :-)

Kevin Lang

Every one of us is required to pay to post. We cannot pay without giving them payment information. I guess there might be a couple that pay their subscription with cash, so maybe there are a couple of people that, from the paper's standpoint, are completely anonymous. In that case, I'm not sure they can be sure that an anonymous person with a valid account number doesn't use the same anonymous account name for their online profile. But, for the majority of us, we're using checks or credit cards to pay our subscription. So, most of us aren't anonymous even when we pretend to be.

Bottom line, however, is that every one of us is paying good money to be here. Other than a few whiners, who the heck really cares who is really behind any of these posts. Maybe we're trying to solve all of the world's problems, but in reality, it's just an exchange of ideas. There isn't a single idea that I've seen posted here that has gained credibility, or lost it, merely based on the name attached.

On the other hand, there are very few who come here with any intent to be swayed by anyone's opinion, although most probably think they can sway someone with theirs. So, if the presumption is that this forum is nothing but a waste of time, I guess the appropriate thing to do is give all the time wasters a valid name they can google and track down our LInkedIn profiles, Facebook accounts, goofy photos in less than redeeming situations, and anything else out there that has our real names attached.

Don't worry, if sverige1, isleshire, Rockstrongo, Nurse Jayne and all of the other anonymous internet weasels are still posting, I hope all of the time wasters will have fun digging up those juicy morsels on them.

By the way, I guess we should all be required to have our real names on our auto license plates, and go back to the days when our registration cards were displayed on our steering columns. Can't have all those anonymous weasels running around.

George Croix

More misdirected BS.
It's the GDN that's making the change, not advocates for putting real name to post.
I can't speak for the others, but TJ didn't send me a survey sheet or proxy card to assist in the decision making.
If he had, if there HAD been a caucus, I'd have asked if EVERYBODY was going to get to vote, and if not, I'd have not voted.
But, you are not alone.
There are several posters unwilling to go along with the new rules for whatever reason of their own, who are using self-declared license to have a snit fit about a policy change that NOBODY has squat to do with other than the GDN.
Go right ahead if it makes you feel better to rail at Joe for what Jack did.
You have about 24 more hours to do so...then, for real, it's put a name up, or shut up......

Kevin Lang

My name has been just as much a part of my profile over the years as yours, so don't give me that BS. I'm no more one of your beloved "anonymous internet weasels" as you. While I may be referencing your opinion, I am complaining about the paper's decision. I know you applaud it, but I deride it. I think the paper is wrong, and the same for those that agree with it. I clearly know that the decision, right or wrong, has been made. But, I'm not one to just sheepishly resign myself to a stupid conclusion.

Kevin Lang

Rebecca Schaeffer

One example of how something as innocuous as a name can illustrate what really is in one. For someone that wants to cause harm, it's the start they really need.

There is not one single vital public service being provided here that requires a name to be openly attached.

Of course, as noted below, no one here is going to be swayed by anything here. Come Monday, this forum will be a much better place for whoever is left. Unless it isn't. One set of whiners will have just what they want. Perhaps another set of whiners will still be around to say "I told you so" when the former set realizes it isn't quite what was expected.

Curtiss Brown

Carlos, you never saw The Wizard of Oz? My comment is a quote from the Scarecrow that proves his new intelligence. You have lead a sheltered life.

Carlos Ponce

Yes, I have seen the movie. But as a Math teacher I CRINGE each time that line is spoken without clear reference that it is meant to be sarcastic. You know how many Geometry students repeat that line not realizing he is misquoting the Pythagorean Theorem? (But teacher, it's in the movie and he has a degree!) You should have added, "Oh, joy, oh, rapture. I’ve got a brain!” which is the next line in the movie. I always use that example to illustrate that those with degrees don't necessarily know much. But as I pointed out if you have an isosceles right triangle, no problem in Euclidean Geometry. I turned this into a teachable moment.[beam] Students have enough problems in Math without adults and movies confusing them.

Carol Dean

I will remain "forever yours", ckdean! Now the fun begins in trying to figure out who everybody USED to be!

Curtiss Brown

Machts nichts guys.

Curtiss Brown

Make a difference?

Carol Dean

Doesn't make any difference to me, but it will make my "adjustment" a lot easier! LOL!

Carol Dean

I say we have a "Coming Out" party tomorrow! What is everyone doing for breakfast???[beam][beam]

George Croix

Hey, T.J.......any truth to the rumor that each name will only be allowed to have two hands.....?
[wink]

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