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  •  I fail to see what the big deal is, (10+ / 0-)

    because in the final analysis, you're not dealing with people here, but with nicks.  

    Of course, just last night there were calls from your side of the fence (spearheaded by users sandbox and Shane Hensinger)for the user "jon the antizionist jew" to prove he was Jewish, which of course would be possible only if he gave us his real name and relevant personal information.  I can only imagine what kind of real-life abuse he could suffer if he did so, precisely because this was tried on me back when I posted on another news site.

    In sum: This is a blog populated by anonymous users, some of whom choose to out themseves, e.g. at annual meetings.  But most don't, and there's no compelling reason to assume that each user always represents a discrete, real-life individual with the background and experiences claimed by that user.  

    That's why it's ultimately more important to pay attention to issues rather than personalities.

    •  Well, that's uncalled for (1+ / 0-)
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      Eternal Hope

      Jon's identity should remain secret for as long as he desires to have it that way, and he shouldn't have to prove whether or not he's Jewish.  So if people were asking him to identify his real identity or prove that he's Jewish, they were out of line.

      And that's a totally different issue.

      In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

      by Paul in Berkeley on Wed May 09, 2007 at 12:24:40 PM PDT

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