The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 January 2006

What's your name? Have I seen you before?

Salon.com is tilting away from anonymous reader feedback:

[T]hough we give you the option to post letters anonymously, we strongly prefer that you sign them with your real name. First of all, it's a tradition in the world of "letters to the editor." Beyond that, we believe that signed letters and comments tend to reflect more considered thinking — and our decade-long experience with online interaction bears out that belief. We know that some of you might be thinking, "Gee, when future potential employers are Googling my name, do I really want them to see this rant?" Maybe that's simply good motivation to write something that you'll be proud of. If you think you won't want to stand by your letter years from now, you might reconsider whether you want to post it at all.

To put a little more encouragement behind our request that you sign your letters, from now on we'll tilt our Editors' Choices toward letters that come with names attached. (Letters signed with "handles" instead of names are still eligible, but names are preferred.) We might still on occasion highlight letters that are completely anonymous, if there seems to be a logical reason the writers may have chosen to hide their identity. But that will be the exception, not the rule.

Yes, they were thinking about that Washington Post debacle.

Posted at 10:20 AM to Blogorrhea


We know that some of you might be thinking, "Gee, when future potential employers are Googling my name, do I really want them to see this rant?" Maybe that's simply good motivation to write something that you'll be proud of. If you think you won't want to stand by your letter years from now, you might reconsider whether you want to post it at all.

A corollary to the old saying, "If you don't want to read it in the newspaper tomorrow, don't put it in writing today."

Posted by: McGehee at 1:19 PM on 30 January 2006

Early this AM at the end of a show on the PBS "World" Channel, the moderator invited viewers to their online forum. He warned them to "be nice to each other or we'll shut it down". He tried to make it sound like a joke but he was of course quite serious.

Welcome to the world of moderated comments. Fine with me.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:27 PM on 30 January 2006

(Frankly when I want to rant and curse, I just use the name "McGehee".)

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:28 PM on 30 January 2006

RE: "...when future potential employers are Googling my name..."

Sounds like you have succumbed to the tactics of that repressive, oppressive Future Threats Against Americans Speaking Their Minds At Different Points in Time During Their Lives and Then Regretting It And Now Not Even Bothering Anymore School.

Who cares what anyone else thinks? Isn't that what being American is all about? Bush thinks so. And how does one argue with that kind of success?

Getting Googled by future employers is obviously a generational anxiety. If you were 57 you wouldn't care whether you got Googled or not. I'm 57 and I don't care. You should see some of the stuff I lay out to corporate vice presidents, journalists from all over the country, the message boards, etc. Man, it is so free out here! Thank you, Bill Gates. Love ya, mean it.

Oh yeah,baby! The Internet was made for the Boomers! They only built in the cell phone ads, joy sticks, and porno for your generation so you could feel a part of something too. Guess they somehow already understood exactly how you'd feel about your future and all.

Are you a Gen X'er? Y'er Z'er? I lose count, sorry. And after the Z'er's, do we start with Alpha, like the hurricane names, while we wait for some inspired marketing brand nutcase to tell the next niche who they are?

"Best to post your best conforming statement, or else don't post at all" now replaces the older version of "If you can't say something nice about someone..." Now what kind of fun is that? We are so disappointed. We had such high hopes. (sigh!)

Posted by: Rose at 6:41 PM on 30 January 2006

If anyone cares, I'm 52; my name has been on this site for just under 118 (yes, 118) months. If anyone takes exception to anything I say, it's not exactly difficult to find me.

As for the FTAASTMADPITDTLATRIANNEBAS, well, I never did all that well in school.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:53 PM on 30 January 2006

(Frankly when I want to rant and curse, I just use the name "McGehee".)

Hence the disappointment of all those people coming to my blog and seeing how I really write.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:29 PM on 31 January 2006