Since most people posting here are, or should be, subscribers of Genii ( I'm not saying non-subscribers shouldn't post here! ), I think it
is only fair to post using ones real name.
When I mentioned the same opinion re solely using ones real name at another board/forum, the posting soon got deleted. (Make a qualified guess what that board might have been ;) )
I realize, the risks involved using ones real name on the internet, IS big -for various reasons known to the old hands of the game-, but this IMHO solely depends on what forum one is attending.
IF one solely does post about totally legal issues and one can voutch with ones 'name' for what one posts, I think it is preferable to solely let people using their own name, post at 'this' board.
My earlier engagement in -at that time- totally legal issues like 'playing' non-commercial(as a hobby) with encrypted satelitte TV decryption, has been used here at this board by some silly person to imply, I wasn't trustworthy ( a fraud/grifter/cheat ) but as -at least- *I* could read out of the posting of that guy, he had not the slightest idea what this was all about.
Also, the tone on diff. newsgroups/forums is different.
I still think posters using 'anonymous' names shouldn't be allowed to post on any board dealing with legal subjects, like this forum/board here is.
If one really can stand behind ones postulations, one also can use ones real name when bringing those postulations forward.
I can back up anything I have said regarding some incredible absolutely 'non-trustworthy person', but I would never involve my 'sources', one can compare this to a journalist, using his sources but always protect them, because if he didn't, he would loose the personal info he gets from them.
The fact, 'one' does use his real/own name -also when bringing forward opinions and informations on other people- should be enough for a serious discussion, instead of always doubting what's mentioned, telling the poster he isn't trustworthy, unless prooving his opinions by involving others and probably well known/trustworthy ppl, his sources..
Sorry for in the above speaking from personal experience, my remarks in general re anonymous posters are not aimed at any case I was involved.
My suggestion still is, get rid of anonymous posters, the excuse re the danger of using ones own and real name is about zero, as long as one is on the legal side regarding the issue in question.
However, participating in forums and newsgroups and deslike, that are operating on the edge of the law gives the need to use an anonymous name.
Now, re the law, this is a funny (or rather sad) thing.
The law does change accordingly to politicians being influenzed by f.ex. 'lobbyisme', and what's legal today can get illegal tomorrow and vice versa!
Note this, because it is a fact of life..and note the basics any decent human being has to obey..
It's very simple..
*Don't do to others, what you don't want others to do to you*.
Using this rule you can't get it wrong..
You should not steal from others, you should not kill.
Attack them within reason verbally if this is justified, as others also are allowed to attack you verbally, because nobody is always 'correct' in ones opinion.
Get rid of anonymouis posters, JMHO.. :D