Originally Posted by Eddie
I like the idea of a compromise, but here's the problem with the Sticky solution. What do we do the NEXT time someone does what Sheila/Holding/Wurkel has done? Everybody gets to do this, or just Holding?
We'll have a separate forum where we list all the identities of people who shill for themselves? Everyone has to check this forum to see who is who? What about those who don't see it? Those people get fooled?
I fail to see what profit holding could gain by "fooling" anybody with an internet pseudonym.
If richard carrier were to come on this site, would you demand he use his real name? Regardless of whatever status I may have within any community, I enjoy my safety. I put my real name (first, not last) on my Xanga webjournal.
But I think it's ultimately my decision where and when I plug personal info.
Perhaps sheila could add something to his signature stating that he was responsible for the tektonics website, and from there, people could do their own research?
I dunno. Just looking for middle ground.
Also, I'm not proposing banning J.P. Holding. Just the sock puppet he has created apparently so that he can use a nastier tone and promote his website here. Banning "Sheila" of course is not tantamount to banning Holding. "Sheila" doesn't exist.
I can't see how allowing Mr. Holding to post as himself is being in any way unfair to him.
Understandable on one hand. You havn't made the claim that you would bar him from posting, merely that you would bar him from posting under a pseudonym.
However, on the basis of personal rights, I contend that this is a decision that should be left to mr. holding.
I think the sticky idea would work. It wouldn't be that hard for anyone on the forums to place a link at any point in time, to the stickied anouncement.
People are constantly using the argument of "do your own research" which I kinda dissagree with, but since it only takes a few clicks to find, and people really should read the announcements anyways as well as the rules and FAQ before posting, I don't think it's too much to ask.
On a personal note, I would like to say that I appreciate your attempt to be fair, in puting the issue to the community, when you have the power to simply ban outright.
Thank you for your moderate moderating.