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RE: Alias or Not? FAQ

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Charles-
	I took a lot more words for me to say what you clearly said in
one sentence: "It [anonymity] facilitates
	the expression of worthwhile opinion where being identified
would chill it." 
Thanks,

Bill Cain, SE
Oakland, CA


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Charles Greenlaw [SMTP:cgreenlaw(--nospam--at)speedlink.com]
	Sent:	Tuesday, March 02, 1999 9:50 AM
	To:	seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
	Subject:	Re: Alias or Not? FAQ

	Bruce Resnick, SE,  wrote:

	>This is a list of professional people sharing technical
information, which
	has already limited itself to technical questions only (i.e. no
politics, no
	humor).  I see no possible excuse for someone to not add their
name to their
	>post. 
	-----------

	I might agree with the second sentence if I agreed with the
first. But it is
	clear that this list is used to good effect for more than the
sharing of
	technical information.

	Matters of professional practice policy and professional conduct
frequently
	appear. Opinions on how things ought to be are often given, and
not just
	incontrovertible facts on how things already are.  Such opinions
run to
	controversy and involve engineering politics. I post this kind
of material,
	opinionated here and there, and I salt in some humor on
porpoise.

	Bill Cain has me persuaded why anonymity should be tolerated. It
facilitates
	the expression of worthwhile opinion where being identified
would chill it. 

	Some time back, Bill gave a tip on how to keep so many topics
from becoming
	tedious and annoying: Don't persist in trying to get the last
word in, when
	others have offered differing views (or offended you) and you
want somehow
	to prevail.    

	Charles O. Greenlaw, SE   Sacramento CA