Thu 14th August 2008, 7:39pm
QUOTE(CrazyGameOfPoker @ Thu 14th August 2008, 6:46pm)
Well as I consider your view DL, there is another point to it that I wonder if you considered.
Requiring real names would potentially turn off people who are hyper-sensitive to that info being leaked. Given how hard SV tries to stuff the genie back in the bottle regarding her real life ID, I wonder if she would have even registered for Wikipedia if she was required to give her real name upfront.
Then again, given internet's fascination with anonymity (sorry Jonny), requiring real identification at the beginning of Wikipedia probably would have killed the project at the root.
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.
[quote name='gomi' date='Thu 14th August 2008, 7:28pm' post='121634']
So don't think you have a right to anonymity. It's much like your right to a "pursuit of happiness" -- you have a right to pursue anonymity in your speech, but you will succeed only if you are more clever than your pursuers or if your speech doesn't incite anyone to try to figure out who you are. You have a right to pursue happiness, not a right to catch it.[/quote]
You forgot to include privacy laws that prohibit people from identifying those under the age of 18 and privacy laws that prohibit companies that you are doing business with to produce your personal information.
QUOTE(dogbiscuit @ Thu 14th August 2008, 7:29pm)
Put another way. On editing Wikipedia, you have entered the public domain voluntarily and are essentially availing yourself of the privilege to publish your work, albeit in a collaboration. If your anonymity is more important than your urge to speak on a public platform, then there is a simple answer - don't take to the platform.
To put it another way, whenever you leave your property, you entered into the public voluntarily and are essentially availing yourself of any privacy. Always carry your ID. Make sure to have a birth certificate, social security card, and have your DNA and Finger prints on record.
Why? Because you have no privacy.
Oh wait, thats NOT how reality is. Thats only how reality in a fascist state is.