The amazing thing is that the forum is an open, true and honest place where we enter discourse under the spotlights of our real names, taking responsibility for what we say... and generally we seem to be the better for it.
|Posted: 09 June 2019 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 11
There are those, however, for which that is not comfortable. And they therefore run to darkened corners of the internet and mutter about that which they have seen and heard beneath the bright lights.
When I was originally establishing a presence online I was amused by the ability to create whimsical pseudonyms. Some may recall that for a (very) short time I frequented AOL chat rooms as “JON 2000”.
But I quickly saw the basic problem. Screen names allowed people to create “secret identities”, and for some—many—that rapidly transformed them into Crusaders, fighting the Good Fight again whatever ills they perceived—even if they were strictly in their own minds.
For all I know, half the names on the JBF are fake, but our Real Names Only rule at least forces even imposters to behave themselves, and for those who don’t, the Mods and I have a handy NUKE option.
(One of the odder things I’ve seen online is people bragging about posting here “for years” under false names and “fooling everyone”. As if a fake name is some kind of brilliant disguise. The point seems to be missed that having survived so long means they, too, must be behaving themselves!)