[OSM-talk] Potlatch and the destruction of good work (N6 Ireland)

Lars Aronsson lars at aronsson.se
Fri Aug 10 03:48:35 BST 2007

Tom Hughes wrote:

> He's a little reluctant to post here because the archives (which 
> he has read) include email addresses that are only fairly 
> lightly obfuscated.

This happens all the time on Wikipedia.  People want to help, but 
can't disclose who they are.  Perhaps because they are better 
people than us who out ourselves?  Do they expect to be treated 
with kindness?  In return for what?  I'm no big fan of anonymity.

Even though it's no perfect analogy, it always makes me think of 
the movie (Amadeus, 1984) where a housemaid, paid for anonymously 
by Salieri, is let into Mozart's household, and of course turns 
out to be Salieri's spy.  Why on earth would Mozart let her into 
his household, even if she is paid for, when he has no idea who 
has bought her loyalty?

I have friends and I have enemies.  When an anonymous user enters, 
I can just as well assume that this is my enemy.  For why should 
my friends want to hide their identity from me?

  Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
  Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se

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