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I notice that people in other live journals have no qualms about naming their friends in the journal. I have always thought this was unfair. What do you think?

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aroach
Jan. 15th, 2002 08:22 am (UTC)
Hint?
Is this your subtle way of telling me to stop using your true name in my journal? I have no problem with people using my true name on the web, but I can understand how you might. Anyone can find out my name and address by just doing "whois electriceyeball.com". So much for anonymity.

Hmm, it seems that "whois gristle.to" doesn't give your true name or any other personal details. How did you manage that?

So should I just call you Grieve from now on?
grieve
Jan. 15th, 2002 09:52 am (UTC)
Re: Hint?
No, I am just truely curious about how people feel about it. I was toying with the idea of actually using my friends name to make my entries more readable and less stilted. I haven't decided yet, but I wanted to see what others thought.

When you register a domain with Tonga (.to) their policy is to keep all of the whois information private. I didn't have to do anything extra. I will point out that registering with Tonga is more expensive than registering at most places, $50 a year.

-grieve
aroach
Jan. 15th, 2002 10:33 am (UTC)
Preference
I actually prefer that people use my true name on the web. This way I can maintain a single Web persona. It makes things easier for me and also makes it more likely that people who read something about me elsewhere will end up at my site. That's kind of the point of the Web after all: give people easy access to the information they want. I like to be able to look up something on the Web, be it a person or not, and find it; and I like the idea of people being able to look up "Anthony Roach" on the Web and find me. Perhaps the truth is I have a need for attention caused by my insecurities. Or maybe it's just part of being human: a social animal.

If I had something to hide from people, I wouldn't put it up on the Web at all. If I wanted to put something up on the Web and I didn't want people to be able to trace it back to me, I would make sure that no one knew that is was me and that it was impossible (or at least very difficult) to track it back to me. I think anonymity is important, but I don't think it should be the default.

It seems that there are two kinds of people on the Web. Those who are private: Exhibit A, and those who are public: Exhibit B. I guess you fall in the private crowd and I fall in the public crowd.



grieve
Jan. 15th, 2002 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: Preference
If I had something to hide from people,
I wouldn't put it up on the Web at all. If
I wanted to put something up on the Web and
I didn't want people to be able to trace
it back to me, I would make sure that no one
knew that is was me and that it was impossible
(or at least very difficult) to track it back
to me. I think anonymity is important, but I
don't think it should be the default. 


I am starting to agree with that sentiment more and more, and that is why I asked the questions I want my live journal to be more open. Obviously there are many things I will still not say online. :)

-grieve

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