Thu 14th August 2008, 8:17pm
QUOTE(CrazyGameOfPoker @ Thu 14th August 2008, 7:53pm)
QUOTE(Ottava @ Thu 14th August 2008, 3:39pm)
Do you reveal your name to everyone you meet on the street?
Do you provide your ID when you go into stores?
What about those under 18 which child protection laws prohibit from having their personal information revealed?
It seems that your "solution" does not match reality and would only cause greater problems.
1. Not really. Then again, I tend to drive everywhere.
2. If store policy requires it. I don't have any qualms providing identification if I pay by credit or check.
3. Laws vary from region to region, you know. As far as I know in the US the age was 13, not 18. I'm also not a real supporter of children editing wikipedia. I mean, most adults don't even know how to apply BLP properly, let alone children.
4. Then again, I'm also supposed to show my real name on a court docket in case I would be ever charged with libel or slander. Even if it was Snaphappy Fishsuit Mokiligon.
Here's the thing. It's not really my solution, just some musings on the subject. There's two schools of thought, and I'm in between. I recognize the benefits of real names (tying it to a real identity tends to limit outrageous behavior), but I also recognize that it won't be a magic bullet (some people will still keep at that behavior regardless.)
I'm not quite sure if there is a real solution, which is why I was asking DL his thoughts on those implications of a real name policy.
Easily addressed - checks and credit cards are having you claim that you are an individual to address a cash system. This is a protective measure against fraud.
And court cases? Thats a legal matter. Far different than putting together an encyclopedia.
QUOTE(GlassBeadGame @ Thu 14th August 2008, 7:59pm)
An off-the-wall statement like "anonymity is the basis of all civilization" doesn't advance the discussion much, except for providing an opportunity to review and restate more meaningful contributions to the discussion. That is at best a mixed blessing if not an outright burden.
Its not off the wall. Once you start demanding everyone knows who everyone is, and demanding that they are always identified, you have entered into a police state, which nullifies any ability for social independence or for there to be a society at all.
This is basic sociology.