Respecting the Expectation of Anonymity for Disrespectful People

There’s lots of discussion in recent comments about various individuals that are active on this site not sharing who they are with the public. My personal preference would be that everyone the makes a comment on the website be open and honest aboutĀ who they are andĀ willingly put their nameĀ with their comments.

My minimum preference would be that even if peopleĀ used pseudonyms or screen names that were displayed publicly, they would at least provide a legitimate e-mail address for them to be contacted by if a question arose by me about theirĀ facts or opinions.

I’d also expect that nobody would say something in their comments to someone that they wouldn’t be willing to say to their face, but that doesn’t appear like it would happen either.

However,Ā in a recent comment I explained my position on this subject for this website and wanted to share it with everyone so that it will be public and hopefully understood if not agreed with in the end.Ā

I know that there are many people that will not understand my reasoning for defending the fact that regardless of what side of the argument someone is on this site, I WILL NOT provide information to the public that would give away the identity of those that have left comments if they have not shared that information themselves.

Defending their right to anonymity and respecting them for their actions and ability to talk to people in ways they wouldnā€™t face to face is an entirely different argument.

I will continue to allow anyone to make comments on this site regardless of their opinion. I will not put up with purely personal attacks on someone without adding something new to the argument. The only reason Iā€™ve left the previous comment posted is so that I could respond to it and let everyone know my reasons behind my actions.

5 Responses to “Respecting the Expectation of Anonymity for Disrespectful People”

  1. 1 Nancy (Cassady) Douglass Mar 9th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Jason - While I do believe that there is a comment still posted here that sould be removed in order to protect innocent bystanders from the ultimate kind of hurt, I do agree with your stance not to take it upon yourself to force people to identify themselves. You made a policy, and it would lack credibility on your part if you did not enforce it unilaterally.

    I’ll bet I speak for many when I say that it’s not necessary for you to do so - their own comments identify them anyway.

    We are reasonably sure we know who William-ized is. Same for Joe Mamma and Kelly M/S or Karen M/S or whoever she is. But who cares? If they do not want to fully commit to thier posts by standing behind them with thier own good name, then they will lack credibility and that is absolutely their choice.

    I respect Jason for sticking to HIS committment - I don’t have to agree with him, but I do trust him because he stands behind his word.

  2. 2 Admin Mar 9th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Thank you Nancy for your comment. I will be watching closely the comments regarding the events surrounding a school and an employee out of respect for the family members involved. I strongly encourage others to avoid the topic on this forum.

  3. 3 William-ized Mar 9th, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Again you have no idea who I am. I only explain how I feel and what I do know because no one has proved me wrong to this date. I only attack when I have been attacked. I will resume normal life after this comment and watch you all from the sidelines. It again will be interesting to watch your organization at the board meetings, to see just how much of a ruckus and disruption you can provide. We see things different in this township. Ballsy says it all admin. Protecting my kids and friends in the township when they have been wronged.

  4. 4 Admin Mar 9th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Do we not have that same right William-ized? What I find interesting is the fact that you seem to know information that is forthcoming and going to be shared by the board at future meetings before it’s shared with other members of the board. I’d like an explanation of that before you “resume normal life”.

  5. 5 Owen Mar 14th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    My daughter is home on spring break from her freshman year at a local college. She has been visiting with friends who are still attending PMHS. She inform me that she was shocked to learn about gangs now at PMHS. Her friends say that gang fights, inside the school building, are now almost a weekly occurance. She said she never saw a gang fight during her four years as a student at PMHS.

    I can’t help but wonder if this tragic turn of events are somehow related to the current School Board - Administration situation.

    I graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, in the inner city, and I have first hand experience with school gangs and gang fights. Education becomes secondary, quality teachers accept positions elsewhere, property values decline. I am a parent of a 5th grade student and I am NOW wondering if MDSPT is a wise decision for continuing her education.

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